Lots of great music filled the air this past weekend at the Detroit Jazz Festival. I got to hear Terence Blanchard and Sonny Rollins in back-to-back shows opening night and, on Sunday, Gerald Cleaver’s Uncle June; a dynamic group co-led by Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas; Fred Hersch’s trio — and BGSU’s vocal jazz group, which sang to a large and enthusiastic noontime crowd.
My aim is to harness the festival’s musical energy — and knowledge gained from the JazzWeek Summit immediately preceding — to power this week’s editions of Jazz Unlimited, 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Our latest chart is inside.
Thanks for listening.
Jazz Top 10
John Abercrombie Quartet (Within A Song)
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet (Hustlin For A Gig)
Jessica Williams (Songs of Earth)
Jae Sinnett (Still Standing)
David Bixler (The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head)
Carol Robbins (Moraga)
Michael Pedicin (Live @ the Loft)
Michael Gibbs/NDR Big Band (Back In The Days)
Milton Suggs (Lyrical Vol 1)
Grant Geissman (Bop! Bang! Boom!)
…the next 10
Sara Gazarek (Blossom & Bee)
Tom Harrell (Number Five)
Bobby Sanabria (Multiverse)
Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson (Beautiful Friendship)
Francois Houle 5+1 (Genera)
Henry Threadgill Zooid (Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp)
Connie Evingson (Sweet Happy Life)
Richard Sussman (Continuum)
Christian Scott (Christian aTunde Adjuah)
Hot Club of Detroit (Junction)