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Summer Jazz in Detroit

No matter what time or day of the week, chances are during the summer you’ll come across a FREE live music performance in and around downtown Detroit. Yesterday the Jazz & Stage series kicked off at Grand Circus Park, and many Broderick Tower residents only had to crack open their windows to hear the smooth sounds of this live music presentation. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or just looking for a fun outdoor activity, here are a few upcoming free jazz events you might want to check out.

Jazz & Stage at Grand Circus Park: Wednesdays through July 31, and August 7 & 14 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The Opportunity Detroit Jazz Experience features outstanding jazz performances, followed by special presentations on the park lawn stage from Shakespeare-in-the-Park to choral sensations to dance productions.

Guests relax in Grand Circus Park during a free Jazz & Stage performance.

Thursday Alfresco Jazz & Blues at New Center Park: Thursday Alfresco Jazz & Blues runs through August 29th located at New Center Park across from the Fisher Theater. The conservatory serving food & beverages opens at 5:00pm with music starting at 6pm. See artists such as Lady Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew Band, Will Sessions, the Rodney Whitaker Quartet and many more.

Lunchtime in Paradise at Beatrice Buck Park (Paradise Valley):  These free live music performances enliven this pocket park with the sounds of jazz, Broadway, R&B and the blues in downtown’s Paradise Valley district. Check out the shows from 11:30am to 1:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday through August 22 and again on August 29.

Java & Jazz at the Detroit Public Library: The last performance of the Comerica Bank Java & Jazz Concert Series takes place July 18 at the Detroit Public Library’s main branch. Although this performance isn’t outdoors (some are), the show by Sin Hielo is sure to please. Based in Detroit, Sin Hielo has created a new sound fused with Latin, jazz and rock. You can catch these guys all around town, from Sunday brunch at Union Street to garden parties at the Whitney.

And remember, the D is home to the largest free jazz festival in the world, the annual Detroit International Jazz Festival, which takes over downtown each Labor Day weekend.

Where is your favorite place to see an outdoor music performance in Detroit? What other jazz and music events are taking place around downtown?

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