Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, accepted the role of Honorary Chair of the DJF Advisory Board because the Jazz Fest not only contributes to the area's quality of life each year, "it provides a tremendous economic impact to our region that we should not take for granted.
The DJF Advisory Board includes Robert Ficano, Honorary Chair; Detroit City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.
Detroit and Chicago have produced some of the most prolific and influential jazz artists in the world," said Terri Pontremoli, DJF executive director.
DJF officials revealed the full lineup of artists, many of whom have Chicago or Detroit ties such as Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling (performing with the Wayne State Big Band), Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Bettye Lavette, The Miracles, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and Gerald Wilson.
DJF officials also announced other festival features which will include: -- A family picnic area with daily performances of Hayes Greenfield's "Jazz-a-ma-tazz," in addition to story tellers and puppets.
In addition to revealing the power-packed artist lineup and new festival features, DJF officials also unveiled one of its longstanding traditions -- the annual festival poster, this year created by Detroit rising artist Darcel Deneau.
To see a downloadable version of this year's DJF poster, please visit http://www.
Fans can look for nightly "after-hours" jam sessions, and a salsa party on Sunday night at the Pontch -- which was announced as the official hotel of the DJF.
Solely because of the Central Coast Venture Forum, I met a company I'd been hoping to meet for several months," says David Cremin, managing director, Santa Barbara office of DJF
Frontier, a California-based venture capital firm.