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Every city has had a Golden Age. In most places, the Golden Age dies, but in Detroit it remains unbroken through many different forms, from Jazz to Motown to techno and hip-hop.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, UMS and the U-M MLK Day Symposium celebrate the very unique relationship of the city of Detroit to the music it helped create and shape. Beginning with trumpeter and educator Gerald Wilson (a Cass Technical High School graduate) and continuing through the great Detroit artists and mentors who have sustained the music through the second half of the 20th century, Detroit continues to nurture and create international trends in contemporary music-making and songwriting. With world-renowned jazz pianist and Detroit native Geri Allen serving as music director and the D3 trio serving as house band, From Cass Corridor to the World musically narrates this spectacular and unique journey with celebrated Detroit artists.
A co-presentation with the University of Michigan Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.
Geri Allen, Music Director and Piano
Robert Hurst, Bass
Karriem Riggins, Drums
with very special guests
Marcus Belgrave, Trumpet
George Shirley, Vocals and Spoken Word
James Carter, Saxophones and Flutes
Ali Jackson, Drums
Dwight Andrews, Saxophones and Flutes
Ralph Jones, Saxophones and Flutes
Ralphe Armstrong, Bass
David McMurray, Saxophones
Perry Hughes, Guitar
A. Spencer Barefield, Guitar
Marion Hayden, Bass
Rayse Biggs, Trumpet
Vincent Bowens, Saxophones and Flute
Vincent Chandler, Trombone
Gayelynn McKinney, Drums
Joan Belgrave, Vocals
Shahida Nurullah, Vocals
Naima Shamborguer, Vocals
Ursula Walker, Vocals
Patrice “Kafi” Williams, Harp
Gerard Gibbs, Organ
University of Michigan MLK Day Choir
Eugene Rogers, Conductor
Motown Legends Gospel Choir
Al Chisholm, Director