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Terence Blanchard Named Jazz Chair For The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
(Published: March 20, 2012)

In this role, Blanchard will assist in curating the acts for the Paradise Jazz series and contribute to community education initiatives. As Jazz Chair, he plans to add an unprecedented facet to the position: for the first time in Paradise Jazz Series history, Blanchard will make special guest appearances throughout the season, serving as host and at times even performing with the featured acts.

"I am very excited to play an active role in shaping the future of the DSO's jazz series," said Blanchard."It was extremely important to me to choose artists who I personally respect and whose talent is indicative of the inspiring jazz history in Detroit."

Blanchard's first appearance at Orchestra Hall following this announcement will be May 4, 2012, when he teams up with Poncho Sanchez for "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop," a tribute to the legendary,genre-transforming relationship between Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie. Blanchard and Sanchez's CD of the same name was released last Fall.

Subscriptions to the 2012-13 Paradise Jazz Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or visiting www.dso.org. Single tickets will go on sale August 2012. Subscribers who purchase the six-concert series will receive the Cassandra Wilson concert for free. Subscriptions start at $90.

The season is scheduled as follows:

Cassandra Wilson
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.
"A singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field,"according to critic Gary Giddins. Always evolving and expanding her craft, multi-Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson is considered by many to be one of the greatest vocalists of her generation.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band's Creole Christmas
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Celebrate with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they"swing in" the holiday season New Orleans style. Seasonal favorites like "Blue Christmas," "Swinging In A Winter Wonderland," "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "The Dreydel Song" will be hot and spicy. "America's best traditional jazz band," declares All About Jazz. Treat your family to a Big Easy holiday celebration they'll never forget!

The Jack DeJohnette Group 70th Birthday Tour
Friday,February 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers, 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette's melodic approach to the drums and subtle but powerful playing keeps him in high demand as a sideman and bandleader. DeJohnette has recorded and collaborated with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Betty Carter.

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour 55th Anniversary
Feat. Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire
Friday, March 28, 2013 at 8 p.m.
The 55th Anniversary Tour reflects Monterey's "traditional-untraditionalist" attitude, jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance, and joyful fun that continues to be the hallmark of the festival to this day. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear this all-star band, led by Grammy Award-winning bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride, as they celebrate the legacy of the longest running jazzfestival in the world.

The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 p.m.
For more than half a century,Roy Haynes has propelled some of the greatest recordings by Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, SarahVaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Corea and PatMetheny. His joyous drumming altered thevery fabric and direction of jazz improvisation, and his unflagging energy inspires the young lions that currently surround him.

Dave Holland/Kenny Barron
Friday, May 31,2013 at 8 p.m.
A master of tone and rhythm. Now in his fifth decade as aperformer, multi-award and poll-winning bassist, composer and bandleader Dave Holland has been proclaimed "one of the most versatile bassists in jazz," by The Los Angeles Times. Kenny Barron's unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired Jazz Weekly to call him "The most lyrical piano player of our time." Holland and Barron will join forces for a rare duo performance.


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