It may not make much sense when taken literally, but the Detroit Jazz Festival Imported from Detroit—now so called by the event’s new presenting sponsor, the Chrysler brand—certainly sounds good to Gretchen Valade. She’s the chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation’s board of directors and praised the recently announced collaboration: “The automotive industry and jazz music both have rich histories in the city of Detroit. The partnership between Chrysler and the Detroit Jazz Festival bridges these great histories and brings key elements of our city together. Welcoming Chrysler as a presenting sponsor, and hosting its vehicles for a ride and drive, further proves this year will be the best festival we’ve seen yet.”
Of course, the annual Detroit Jazz Fest is probably better known for importing some of jazz’s most famous players to Detroit, and this year’s Artist in Residence—Terence Blanchard—has ensured that Motor City music fans will be able to hear cats like Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Orchestra, Pat Metheny, Kenny Garrett and Joe Lovano.
For more information on the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival—scheduled for Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)—visit DetroitJazzFest.com.