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30 Years Of Jazz In The Motor City

The Detroit International Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary over the course of four days this coming weekend. The free event, featuring more than 100 acts spread over six stages, should bring a huge audience to the Motor City's downtown. The festival features a wide range of artists, including jazz legends, modern jazz masters and young, up-and-coming musicians.

This year's festival — subtitled "Keepin' up With the Joneses" — celebrates three brothers from a special Detroit-rooted jazz family: pianist Hank Jones and his two late brothers, drummer Elvin and trumpeter Thad Jones.

Keeping with the spirit of family, the festival will feature performances by Hank Jones, the Brubeck Brothers (Dan and Chris), their father Dave, the Clayton Brothers (Jeff and John), the Heath Brothers (Jimmy and Tootie), John Pizzarelli and his father Bucky, and Larry Coryell with his son Julian.

Listen below to songs from the three Jones brothers, as well as two sets of brothers scheduled to perform at the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival.

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Shaunna Morrison Machosky