Joey Alexander, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Kenny Barron, and more will appear on Orchestra Hall stage

Terence Blanchard returns as the DSO’s Erb Jazz Chair and will reunite onstage with Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins for the first time in over a decade

Detroit, (Feb. 16, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced its 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series. The season will kick off on Friday, October 20 with 13-year-old jazz prodigy and Grammy Award nominee Joey Alexander making his highly-anticipated Detroit debut in Orchestra Hall.

Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and multiple Grammy Award-winner Terence Blanchard remains the DSO’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair and the host of the Paradise Jazz Series. Blanchard will appear as a performer and special guest of Brazilian jazz star Ivan Lins at the final concert of the season, on June 9, 2018.

“It is an honor to serve as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair,” says Blanchard. “I'm so excited for the next season of the Paradise Jazz Series. We’ll continue to honor the rich legacy of jazz in this great hall by bringing to our dedicated jazz fans in Detroit performances by living jazz giants, internationally acclaimed artists, and some new faces—such as Joey Alexander and two Thelonious Monk Competition winners, Melissa Aldana and Jamison Ross. I'm also excited to welcome a dear friend and great artist, Ivan Lins, who has created beautiful and passionate music in the Brazilian tradition that has already become classic.”

In between the opening concert by Joey Alexander and closing performance by Ivan Lins, the 2017-2018 season includes The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, Jason Moran in a multimedia celebration of Thelonious Monk, the return of the SFJAZZ Collective to Orchestra Hall with a program devoted to the music of Miles Davis, and the Kenny Barron Quartet with special guest saxophonist Melissa Aldana.


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