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A wide-ranging set of artists including Herbie Hancock and Regina Carter will join a 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival lineup that includes previously announced artist-in-residence Wayne Shorter. Details of the 38th annual Labor Day weekend event were revealed Wednesday during a preview luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club. The four-day, four-stage jazz fest will kick off with a Sept. 1 slate that includes Hancock, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, jazz fusionist Miles Mosley and a Detroit jam session led by hometown saxophonist George Benson. With Hancock and Shorter on opening night, the festival gets two of the surviving members of Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet of the '60s (following last year's artist-in-residence Ron Carter, the third surviving member). It sets a tone for a weekend featuring several other players known for their work with Davis, including Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Dave Liebman.

The lineup finds the festival broadening to embrace a wide sweep of styles and approaches, from 88-year-old hard-bop saxophonist Benny Golson to hot California players Miles Mosley and Kamasi Washington (known for their work on rapper Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly"), from the Afro-Cuban sounds of Chucho Valdés-Joe Lovano to Shorter's highly distinguished quartet. In addition violinist Regina Carter, who will be performing an Ella Fitzgerald tribute as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the late jazz singer's birth. The 1973 double album "Live at the Lighthouse" by late Detroit drummer Elvin Jones will be spotlighted in a performance that includes Liebman, Gene Perla, Adam Niewood and Adam Nussbaum.

More than 30 performances were announced during Wednesday's event, with the full lineup to be fleshed out in coming months and available at detroitjazzfest.com.   READ THE FULL Detroit Free Press ARTICLE