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Jazz @ Ford House Returns
Posted: August 6, 2013

Detroit Jazz Festival and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Host
Inspirational Evening of Jazz

Third annual concert features Detroit-native female Jazz singers

For the third year, the Detroit Jazz Festival, presented by Chrysler, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and the Ford Motor Company Fund, are hosting a signature summer event as part of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Community Series – “Detroit Divas Sing, Sing, Sing” on Aug. 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

With the majestic Ford House and expansive Lake St. Clair shoreline providing an elegant backdrop, the memorable big-band swing era will come to life with a concert featuring three Detroit vocalists – Ursula Walker, Jeannine Course-Miller and Barbara Ware along with Detroit trumpet legend Johnny Trudell. Regarded as one of today’s finest trumpet players, Trudell has performed with many world-renowned artists including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.

Joining the three divas will be an up-and-coming protégé and winner of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Youth Vocalist Competition. The winner of the competition will be selected after an Aug. 8 performance at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

“Beginning traditions such as this annual performance and partnership with the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is another way for the Detroit Jazz Festival to help enrich the culture and make a positive effect on metro Detroit communities,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “The incredible elements of the evening– the music, setting and incredible talent of these artists – are a true representation of the big-band jazz genre, making it a not-to-be-missed event.”

The audience will not only be enchanted by the music, but the historic Ford House estate. Its 87-acres along Lake St. Clair create a unique and picturesque location for enjoying music in a relaxed, non-traditional setting.

"Combining Detroit’s rich Jazz history with the history of the Ford House makes this a unique and special event. With native Detroit Divas and the up-and-coming Youth Vocalist winner, we are offering the chance to experience an authentic Detroit jazz experience,” said Kathleen Mullins, president, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. “We’re proud to be a part of this entertaining, inspiring and magical evening.”

Additional event sponsorship is provided by Comerica Bank,Crest Lincoln, DTE Energy, Dirty Dog Jazz Café, eTitle, Henry Ford Health Systems and PNC Foundation. For more information, visit or call (313) 884-4222.

Tickets range from $60 for preferred seating with pre- and post-VIP reception, $30 for preferred seating to $15 for general admission advance purchases. To purchase tickets visit

About the Detroit Jazz Festival
The Detroit Jazz Festival “Imported from Detroit” 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 25.8 percent of its audience coming from out of state.

The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Erb Family Foundation; Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; the SAP REFX Expert LLC and DE FRANCE DE TERSANT Trust; and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include JPMorgan Chase, Opportunity Detroit, Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records.

Additional partners include Absopure, Amtech International, Art Van Furniture,
Bingham Legal Group, Charity Motors, Comcast, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson
Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Domino’s, Fathead, Great Lakes Beverage,
McDonalds, Meridian Health Plan, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel,
Pepsi Beverages Company, Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, St. John Providence
Health System, Wakefield, Sutherland, Andiamo, Panasonic, Quicken Loans and
Lubera, PLC; 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
About the Edsel & 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,activities, lectures, exhibits and gardens and grounds events. For more information, visit or call 313.884.4222.

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