The Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest free jazz festival, is now offering online registration for its new mobile app that will live stream performances from downtown Detroit over the four-day festival weekend Sept. 2 – 5. “Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE!,” will be available beginning Aug. 10, but fans can register now at detroitjazzfest.com/detroit-jazz-fest-live-streaming-app and receive a special discount. The streaming app was made possible with the help of a generous donation from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). In addition to live streaming of one-of-a-kind performances throughout the weekend, the app will offer instant access to the complete event schedule, festival map, artist info and additional details about the festival.
“Year after year, we strive to make this festival a unique and unsurpassed musical experience, creating lasting impressions of the eclectic collection of performances for jazz fans of all ages and interests,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Festival. “We’re incredibly excited to extend the festival stage experience this year with Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE, offering jazz fans across North America the chance to musically join us here in Detroit.”
The app, available for any mobile device, tablet or desktop computer, will be available for $30 for full weekend access, but the festival is reducing the cost by 50 percent through Aug. 10. You can register for the app at detroitjazzfest.com/detroit-jazz-fest-live-streaming-app. Users can watch performances from all four stages, with more than 15 performances per day and over 50 throughout the weekend. This year’s Artist-in-Residence, legendary Detroit bassist Ron Carter, will perform four times throughout the weekend – including nonet, trio, quartet and big band sets – in addition to hundreds of other performers, ranging from up-and-coming artists, to well-respected industry veterans, to student bands. Part of the festival focus is on performance series’ including the Homecoming Series featuring Detroit-focused programming and artists and two new series, the “New Voices” series and “Legacy” this year celebrating the artistry of Kenn Cox.
The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation was granted this support through the DDCF Leadership Grants Program for Jazz, designed to support the long-term value of jazz festivals throughout the U.S., and promote the artistic viability of jazz artists and their presenters. Other grantees in 2016 include the City Parks Foundation, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Newport Festivals Foundation.