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Jazz at Ford House Set for August 26
Posted: July 12, 2011


 Johnny Trudell Orchestra Kicks Off Fourth Fridays Concert Series

presented by Huntington National Bank 

Update - General Admission tickets are still available and can be purchased on site.

Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., July 13, 2011 – Music lovers asked for more sweet sounds at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) and now they’ll get it. The historic estate and the Detroit Jazz Festival have announced a new partnership to present a summer concert series – Jazz at Ford House: A Prelude to the Detroit Jazz Festival. The inaugural concert, featuring the Johnny Trudell Orchestra, is set for Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Grounds open for picnicking at 6 p.m.   The Cotswold Cafe will be closed for dinner on August 26th.
The majestic estate, 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 in creating an unforgettable experience. Following the overwhelmingly successful Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Ford House concerts that began in July 2010, attendees requested that additional musical offerings be presented.
“When we surveyed visitors, they resoundingly said they wanted more music at Ford House,” said Kathleen Mullins, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, president. “There really isn’t anything like sitting along the shore line, watching the boats go by and listening to world class music. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with another one of our region’s premier cultural institutions and offer yet another way to experience the estate.”
For the Detroit Jazz Festival, the concert series will serve as a prelude to the immensely popular Labor Day weekend celebration, now in its 32nd year. “We are thrilled to partner with the Ford House in bringing another world-class jazz event to the area,” said Thomas Robinson, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation, president. “This is another example of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s year-round commitment to bring top-notch cultural events to the region and continue the legacy of jazz in the Detroit area.”
The big band sounds of the Johnny Trudell Orchestra will take the audience back to the 1930s and 40s when Edsel and Eleanor hosted grand parties at their home where such performers as Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra often played. 
Plans call for Jazz at Ford House to expand in summer of 2012 with the series being held the fourth Fridays in June, July and August.
Jazz at Ford House: A Prelude to the Detroit Jazz Festival is supported by Huntington National Bank, Dirty Dog Jazz Café and Beaumont Hospital.
$25 -  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
Tickets can be purchased at Click here for more information or call 313.884.4222.
About The Johnny Trudell Orchestra
Johnny Trudell is one of today's finest trumpet players and the respected director of the Johnny Trudell Orchestra/Big Band. Johnny has performed with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, Tex Beneke, and Quincy Jones. He served as lead trumpet player for Motown Records, recording with such greats as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, and The Four Tops. Johnny's classic style and exceptional versatility has led to performances with Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis and Donald Byrd to performing as a featured artist with leading symphonic ensembles.
His famed Orchestra has backed the legendary Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, Johnny Carson, Red Skelton, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bill Cosby, among others.
The Johnny Trudell Orchestra has performed for national political events such as the 1980 Republican Convention and has played for Presidents Bush and Reagan, among other politicians and dignitaries.
About 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, family activities, lectures, exhibits and gardens and grounds events. For more information, visit or call 313.884.4222.
About The Detroit Jazz Festival
The Detroit Jazz Festival is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted one of the top three jazz festivals in North America in a Jazz Times Critics’ 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. Fans are encouraged to become Rhythm Section members by making donations of any size online in support of the festival’s “KEEP IT FREE” campaign. For more information visit
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