The Detroit International Jazz Festival turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, has named renowned bassist, composer and arranger John Clayton as Artist-in-Residence. As a central part of his residency, Clayton has been commissioned to create a piece honoring the contributions of the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad and Elvin) to the world of jazz.
The festival has been subtitled “Keepin’ Up With the Joneses” in honor of the musical family. The Clayton Brothers Quintet and the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra will perform the commemorative work to wrap up the festival.
In keeping with the theme, several groups with family ties are scheduled to perform. Bassist and 2008’s Artist-in-Residence Christian McBride will lead a group during the festival as well. The Detroit International Jazz Festival runs September 4-7 and is North America’s largest free jazz festival.