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Jazz at Ford House Returns
Posted: August 7, 2012

Advanced ticket sales have ended.  General admission tickets are available at the gate for $20
Detroit Jazz Festival and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Celebrate Big Band Jazz and Vocals of Today and Tomorrow
Second annual Jazz at Ford House concert features Divas of Detroit
 
The Detroit Jazz Festival and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House present “Detroit Divas Sing, Sing, Sing” on Aug. 24, 2012, at 7 p.m. for its second annual Jazz at Ford House prelude to the Labor Day weekend festival. With the historic Ford House as the backdrop, jazz vocal traditions born from the big-band swing era will be honored with a concert featuring three Detroit vocal legends – Shahida Nurullah, Ursula Walker and Judy Cochill – and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra. Songs from the American songbook will highlight the unique styles of each artist and bring the region’s powerful music history to life.
 
The three “divas” also will be joined by an emerging “diva” as the winner of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Youth Vocalist Competition, is chosen on Aug.15 at a Dirty Dog Jazz Café performance, and the J.C. Heard All-Star Youth Ensemble, a select group of students from the Festival’s J.C. Heard Jazz Week at Wayne program. Members of the ensemble are: Mike Hudson-Casanova, Kasan Belgrave, Chris Tabaczynski, Nolan Young, Stephen Grady, Allen Dennard, Nick Masters and Trevor Robertson.
 
“For the second year, we have the opportunity to partner with the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House to celebrate the preservation of the jazz throughout the years,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “Through the music, we’re connecting listeners to the era of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, transporting them to the big-band jazz era, and providing an unforgettable listening experience for all who attend.”
The majestic estate that is the Ford House, situated along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair, has become a destination for enjoying music in a relaxed, non-traditional setting, where the atmosphere becomes as important as the music. It serves as the perfect setting for the concert, another installment in the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Community Series.
 
“We’re thrilled to continue this partnership and bring jazz music to Ford House,” said Kathleen Mullins, president, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. “This is not only about hearing great Detroit performers, but helping the listeners become engrossed in the experience of the Ford House. And the addition of the student competition fits perfectly with our focus on students and education. ”
 
Tickets
$30 – preferred seating
           Includes reserved seating, parking and shuttle service to concert area
$15 – general admission, in advance
$20 – general admission, at the gate
$12 – general admission in advance for Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Members and Detroit Jazz Festival Rhythm Section Members
 
Jazz at Ford House is made possible through the support of Ford Motor Company Fund, Henry Ford Health System, Crest Lincoln, Miller Canfield and Dirty Dog Jazz Café.
 
About the Detroit Jazz Festival
The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Chrysler is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader’s poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 23 percent of its audience coming from out of state.
 
The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Erb Family Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include Chrysler, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure Water Company, Amtech International, Great Lakes Beverage, Charity Motors, Cliff Bells, Comcast, Compuware, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Fathead, Meridian Health Plan, Motor City Casino Hotel, Pepsi Beverages Company, Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, Quicken Loans, St. John Providence Health System, DownBeat, Hour Detroit, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The festival’s Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. For more information visit www.detroitjazzfest.com.
 
About the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Since 1978, Ford House has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to share in Eleanor Ford’s vision of preserving the estate for future generations to enjoy through interpretive tours, family activities, lectures, exhibits and gardens and grounds events. For more information, visit www.fordhouse.org or call 313.884.4222.
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