City Slang: Jazz at the Concert of Colors
Don Wasâ€™ Detroit All-Star Revue at this yearâ€™s Concert of Colors, taking place on July 12-15, will celebrate some of Detroitâ€™s jazz greats.
This will be Wasâ€™ fifth Revue, as it â€śswitches out its typically rock-heavy lineup to spotlightÂ hometown jazz greats. Was, the multi-Grammy-winning super producer and president of legendaryÂ Blue Note Records, is carefully crafting the Revue lineup with a guest curator â€“ the greatÂ Detroit jazz bassistÂ Marion HaydenÂ â€“ and Concert of Colors founderÂ Ismael Ahmed. The full line up will be revealed in early June at the Concert of Colors website.
Elsewhere in the jazz world, local label Mack Avenue is about to put out an album from acclaimed pianist Aaron Diehl, The Bespoke Manâ€™s Narrative.
“The idea for the metaphor was that the composition and concept were specifically for these musicians,” Diehl says, referring to his working quartet of 30-ish all-stars – vibraphonist (and Mack Avenue artist) Warren Wolf, bassist David Wong and drummer Rodney Green – that interprets the five originals and five arrangements comprising the program. “There’s a sequence, an arc, a beginning, middle and end. Each piece has something to do with my musical development.”