For the first time in four decades, there won’t be a jazz festival to attend in downtown Detroit this September.
But there will still be free, live jazz music: The Detroit Jazz Festival will become a virtual event this Labor Day weekend — a four-day show that will air digitally, on television and on radio.
Yielding to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, festival officials and Mayor Mike Duggan announced the move Wednesday. Rocket Mortgage is aboard as presenting sponsor.
The 2020 jazz fest will run Sept. 4-7 featuring mostly local talent performing live on three soundstages in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The performance spaces will be fashioned after the festival’s traditional stages, but without audiences.
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