Detroit artists planning Aretha Franklin tribute show

Some of Detroit’s prominent artists are gathering to celebrate the music and memory of Aretha Franklin, who died in August, 2018.  The event, “A Celebration of The Queen of Soul- Aretha Franklin in Song and Dance,” is scheduled for Feb. 1 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Producing and singing is Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave.   Belgrave’s husband played with Franklin in her early days, and the women became friends in the mid-2000s. The show will reflect the diversity of Franklin’s stage and studio work, incorporating jazz, gospel, R&B and even dance — courtesy of Franklin’s longtime dancer and choreographer, Lisa McCall.

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