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Catch a FREE screening of this contemporary jazz documentary edited by Detroit Native Kristian Hill, a live jazz performance by the Sean Dobbins Quartet, and panel discussion featuring Kristian and Executive Producer John Comerford about the state of the art of jazz in the 21st century as it continues to expand far beyond traditional styles.


Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. "Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense" is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Through interviews and live performance footage, we explore the thoughts and lives of the musicians spearheading today's jazz front lines. Directed by Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson and Peter J. Vogt, Icons Among Us examines the jazz music scene today by focusing the spotlight on many current jazz icons including Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donald Harrison Jr., Anat Cohen, Esperanza Spalding, and Medeski Martin and Wood. The film also features the legendary predecessors and influences of today's contemporary jazz stars, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis.

"The movie (Icons Among Us) has been hailed as the most significant jazz documentary in recent decades for the very reason that, rather than focusing on the music's storied past (in the spirit of Ken Burns), it takes an at-times contentious look at jazz today and ponders its future." - Brian McCoy, Oakland Examiner


FREE and open to the public. The first 50 seats are reserved for Museum and Detroit Jazz Festival members.  Presented in partnership with the Detroit Jazz Festival. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.


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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
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