Detroit Jazz Fest Executive Director Terri Pontremoli visits Detroit JazzStage – 2008

Terri PontremoliThis month on Detroit Jazzstage,Terri Pontremoli, the Executive Director of the Detroit International Jazz Festival, sat down to discuss this year’s lineup.

For more than a quarter century, the Detroit Jazz Fest has entertained millions of fans with jazz legends ranging from Herbie Hancock to Yusef Lateef and Ron Carter. Today, it ROARS on six stages over four days, with blues, gospel, R&B, and one of the finest jazz lineups on the planet. The festival also offers educational events, daily second-line parades, fire works, and rare opportunities to meet the artists. And it’s all FREE!

In 2008, the Detroit Jazz Fest will celebrate the rich musical traditions of Philadelphia and Detroit and the “Trane” that connects them.

Billed as A Love Supreme: the Philly/Detroit Summit, the festival will feature Philadelphia native and renowned bassist Christian McBride as artist in residence. Other featured artists include Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, Geri Allen, along with Philly stalwarts Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Sonny Fortune, Pat Martino and many more.

The festival takes place in Downtown Detroit over Labor Day Weekend, August 29th through September 1st 2008.

For more information on the 2008 Detroit International Jazz Festival, go to

Music heard on this show

Viva TiradoThe Gerald Wilson Big Band – Recorded live at the 2007 Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Bossa J.C.James Carter – From the CD Present Tense

Trumpet – Dwight Adams

Saxophone – James Carter

Guitar – Rodney Jones

Piano – D.D. Jackson

Percussion – Eli Fountain

Bass – James Genus

Drums – Victor Lewis

Blue HorizonsSean Dobbins and The Modern Jazz Messengers – From the ‘Modern Jazz Messengers’ CD.

Saxophone – Dean Moore

Vibes – Robert Pipho

Piano – Steve Richko

Bass – Marion Hayden

Drums – Sean Dobbins

Buhaina – (comp. Kenny Cox) The Marion Hayden Sextet– Recorded live at the 2007 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Trumpet – Dwight Adams

Saxophone – Wendell Harrison

Trombone – Ron Kischuk

Piano – Buddy Budson

Bass – Marion Hayden

Drums – Sean Dobbins

A Good Man Is Hard To FindMaria Muldaur and James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band – Recorded live at the 2007 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Go to for links to these and the other great artists featured on Detroit JazzStage

Acknowledgments –
Opening Music – Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture

Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.

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A special thanks goes out to Mack Avenue recording artist Sachal Vasandani for supplying us with our introduction. Go to for more information on Sachal and their many other great artists.

This episode is sponsored by the 2008 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Go to to find out more about this wonderful end of summer tradition.


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