YOUNG LIONS DETROIT
Huge turnout for our Young Lions Detroit opening event in 2010. Over 500 people came out over the night.
The idea of our Young Lions Detroit program was one of the inspirations for which Forward Arts was conceived as an organization. It exists to develop a larger audience for jazz among under 40 Detroiters and highlight young jazz musicians. With Detroit having such a rich cultural history in jazz, its cultural importance and range in scope for our city is very broad, deeply rooted and becoming increasingly to the forefront of the local music scene.
After 500 people attended an amazing opening event in 2010, featuring Will Sessions (with Amp Fiddler) and their jazz release “Kindred”, we are developing more jazz programming and education for 2011 and beyond. Check out some of the pictures from photographer Tracey Nawrot from the opening event.
Will Sessions had Amp Fiddler come out to play for their CD release of Kindred. He stayed and played some jazz funk with them for the last set too!
To become more acquainted with Detroit Jazz, we highly recommend the book Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert.
If you would like to get involved in Young Lions Detroit, please contact info@ForwardArtsDetroit.org.
Will Sessions horn section blowin away