In honor of Black Music Month and in tribute to Jazz radio great Ed Love, the Charles H. Wright Museum is proud to present the "In the Name of Love" concert featuring Shahida Nurullah, Karriem Riggins, Straight Ahead, Monica Blaire, and emceed by Nick Austin, host of WDET 101.9 FM's New Soul Sunday show. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for what promises to be a soulful outdoor summer concert experience for the entire family!
Ed Love's passion for jazz and radio extends all the way back to his youth in Kansas, when he was an avid listener of his mother’s records and hosts like Dick Martin of WWL in New Orleans. After graduating from broadcasting school, Ed worked for Armed Forces Radio in several states and in the Philippines. Starting in 1960, he worked at various stations throughout Detroit until finally joining WDET in 1983. Ed has not only entertained Detroit radio listeners throughout his impressive career, but also spent six years hosting the nationally syndicated program "The Evolution of Jazz," educating and entertaining listeners on 125 stations from coast to coast. Ed Love is the long time host of "Destination Jazz" and a former DJ for WJZZ. A wealth of knowledge and advocate for jazz music, Ed Love continues to introduce and impact jazz lovers worldwide. For his contribution to the world of jazz, Ed was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Motor City Music Foundation. Ed was recognized by the Friends of the Detroit Institute of Arts with the Dr. Alian Locke Award in 1999 for his contributions to the arts. He’s earned two Spirit of Detroit Awards from Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young and Dennis W. Archer, as well as recognition by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in addition to two Wayne County Executives, the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Broadcast Awards for his profound knowledge and love of jazz. The Southeast Michigan Jazz Association (SEMJA) recognized Ed for his outstanding contribution to jazz and the arts. In 2005, Ed received the “Detroit Jazz Guardian” Award from the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Ed was also honored in 2005 with the "Distinguished Arts Achievement" award from the Oakland County chapter of The Links. He has also served as the senior program consultant for the Detroit International Jazz Festival since 2000.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Presented in partnership with WDET 101.9 FM. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the GM Theater. For more information please call (313) 494-5800.