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Page 8

Saturday, August 13, 1983

The Michigan Daily

Jazz: Detroit
does it right &

04

By Jim Boyd
W HAT'S THAT big lug of a city,
Detroit, up to now! I suppose it all
started with this "renaissance" thing -
beautify, publicize, beautify, publicize
- and then came the fab Grand Prix -
vroom vroom, publicize - well now
they've really done it with the latest
Montreux/Detroit Kool Jazz Festival -
swing, publicize, bop, publicize.
In speaking of the festival, Detroit
Renaissance president Robert McCabe
said "Detroit speaks to the world, we're
telling the rest of the world what we've
got here in Detroit." What Detroit has
got between August 31 and September 5
is an array of fabulous jazz musicians
including Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald
Oscar Peterson, and Stan Getz.
Whether or not the festival is heard
across the ocean in Montreux or Monte
Carlo remains to be seen, but it cer-
tainly should be heard here in Detroit.
Let's face it, this isn't a city of fancy
shmancy auto races or fancy shmancy
hotels, but it is a city of jazz. This

festival is appropriate because Detroit
really is a source city of jazz and can be
expected to provide and support a
festival of these proportions.
The Festival consists of 22 ticketed
concerts with prices ranging from $4 to
$16. What makes the festival even more
special are the 78 free concerts being
given at Hart Plaza and Grand Circus
Park by jazz ensembles from Detroit
and by fine national college and high
school bands.
Some of the festival's more notable
performers and events will include:
" Ramsey Lewis who has been recor-
ding for almost thirty years across a
broad spectrum of styles including
classical, jazz, contemporary pop, and
ethnic styles. His skill on the piano has
won him a couple of gold singles and a
lot of respect.
" Count Basie is approaching his 79th
birthday and this pianist has been
making great music since the '30s. He is
a legendary performer who needs little
or no introduction.
" Ella Fitzgerald as "the queen of
jazz" will exhibit her wonderful

Ramsey Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie are among the stellar per-
formers appearing at the Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival starting August 31.

product of 40 years of vocal prowess.
This amazing woman has more than 50
records to her credit.
- Stan Getz who has illustrated his
distinctive style on upwards of 120
albums with artists such as Stan Ken-
ton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Woody Her-
man, will show why he has been such an
influential sound in modern jazz.
. Oscar Peterson and his propulsive

sense of swing will attempt to please
audiences here as he has done all over
the world.
" "Jazz On Film" a cinematic presen-
tation by jazz film collector David
Chertok will bring Louis Armstrong,
Charlie Parker and Billie Holliday back
to life through some fabulous footage of
some great performances.
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