The Detroit International Jazz Festival and WBGO Celebrate 31 Years!

WBGO Goes to Detroit is a 4-hour musical special that will air and stream Monday, September 6th from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (EST) with MidDay Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and .

Rhonda Hamilton
(Final list of broadcasted performers subject to change pending weather conditions)

Pianist/composer Danilo Perez launches his new CD Providencia with his quintet featuring: Rudresh Mahanthappa (sax); Ben Street (bass); Adam Cruz (drums) and Rogerio Boccato (percussion) “The word providence for me means standing up for the future of the next generation of children”. – Danilo Perez

Alto saxophonist Tia Fuller will play music from her latest CD Decisive Steps with her group: Shamie Royston (piano); Rudy Royston (drums) and Mimi Sullivan (bass)

Pianist Mulgrew Miller is this year’s Artist-in-Residence. His set with the current configuration of
Wingspan: Steve Nelson (vibes); Duane Eubanks (trumpet); Steve Wilson (alto saxophone); Ivan Taylor
and Rodney Green (drums) will be our feature at 4 p.m.

The Festival’s theme is Flame Keepers: Carrying the Torch for Modern Jazz. For more information visit

The Hot Club of DetroitEvan Perri & Paul Brady (guitars); Carl Cafagna (sax); Julian Labro (accordion)
and Andrew Katzat (bass) – will play a set in the style of the great Django Reinhardt (1910-54).

Hot Pepper is baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan’s tribute to Michigan-born, Detroit-raised Pepper Adams (1930-86). Featuring “the flame-keeper of bebop” Barry Harris at the piano, the only place to hear Hot Pepper is on WBGO Goes to Detroit on Labor Day. Tune into WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or visit