<September 2017>


Announcing the 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series

Joey Alexander, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Kenny Barron, and more will appear on Orchestra Hall stage

Terence Blanchard returns as the DSO’s Erb Jazz Chair and will reunite onstage with Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins for the first time in over a decade

Detroit, (Feb. 16, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced its 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series. The season will kick off on Friday, October 20 with 13-year-old jazz prodigy and Grammy Award nominee Joey Alexander making his highly-anticipated Detroit debut in Orchestra Hall.

Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and multiple Grammy Award-winner Terence Blanchard remains the DSO’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair and the host of the Paradise Jazz Series. Blanchard will appear as a performer and special guest of Brazilian jazz star Ivan Lins at the final concert of the season, on June 9, 2018.

“It is an honor to serve as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair,” says Blanchard. “I'm so excited for the next season of the Paradise Jazz Series. We’ll continue to honor the rich legacy of jazz in this great hall by bringing to our dedicated jazz fans in Detroit performances by living jazz giants, internationally acclaimed artists, and some new faces—such as Joey Alexander and two Thelonious Monk Competition winners, Melissa Aldana and Jamison Ross. I'm also excited to welcome a dear friend and great artist, Ivan Lins, who has created beautiful and passionate music in the Brazilian tradition that has already become classic.”

In between the opening concert by Joey Alexander and closing performance by Ivan Lins, the 2017-2018 season includes The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, Jason Moran in a multimedia celebration of Thelonious Monk, the return of the SFJAZZ Collective to Orchestra Hall with a program devoted to the music of Miles Davis, and the Kenny Barron Quartet with special guest saxophonist Melissa Aldana.

Paradise Jazz Series subscriptions are on sale now, starting at $90 for all 6 concerts. Subscriptions can be purchased at dso.org/jazz, by calling the Box Office at (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Single tickets will be available for purchase in August 2017.

See below for a complete listing of 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series concerts.

The Paradise Jazz series is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

The 2017-2018 Paradise Jazz Series

All concerts at Orchestra Hall within the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Programs and artists subject to change.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on these performances.


With special guest Jamison Ross

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8 p.m.

13-year-old jazz prodigy and Grammy Award nominee Joey Alexander develops fresh takes on well-known tunes, combining them seamlessly with his own original compositions in a way which invites both new and seasoned listeners in. His mentor Wynton Marsalis says: “I love everything about his playing—his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” Don’t miss this chance to hear Alexander as he makes his highly-anticipated Detroit debut in Orchestra Hall. Drummer and singer Jamison Ross will open the show.



Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Dubbed “the most explosive force in jazz,” 18-time Grammy Award-winning Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhartt, brings its signature sound to the orchestra Hall stage for a special concert featuring the best of the Basie Band tunes, standards, and more!



Jason Moran plays Thelonious Monk

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8 p.m.

A hundred years after his birth, celebrate the artistry and legacy of Thelonious Monk in a unique multimedia program from MacArthur “genius” Jason Moran. In My Mind features a live musical performance by Moran and his Big Bandwagon interspersed with spoken word, audio recordings, photographs, and video. The New York Times declares the program a “stunning project—connecting with Monk beyond the surface of his music.”



Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8 p.m.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers and composers at work in jazz today. After exploring the work of John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, the Collective now takes on the material of jazz icon Miles Davis. 



With special guest Melissa Aldana Quartet

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition. His unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to call him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Chilean tenor saxophonist and Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana, described as “a bold new talent…with her own style” by NPR, will open the show with her quartet. 



With special guest Terence Blanchard

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins is a master of harmony and melody! Lins has written and performed numerous songs which have become jazz classics recorded by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Sting, and countless others. He makes his Paradise Jazz Series debut to perform originals and sizzling classics that will fill your heart and stir your soul. Erb Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard will sit in for a few tunes with Lins.


About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. The DSO recently announced its 2017 Asia Tour, the orchestra’s first-ever tour of China and their first of Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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