FORWARD ARTS

YOUNG LIONS DETROIT

Huge turnout for our Young Lions Detroit opening event.  Over 500 people came out over the night.
Huge turnout for our Young Lions Detroit opening event. Over 500 people came out over the night.

The idea of Young Lions Detroit (YLD) was one of the major inspirations which sprung Forward Arts as an organization. Because of that, and for many other reasons related to jazz as an art form, the program will always be at the core of our soul as an organization.

YLD connects young adults to jazz in a strategic and modern fashion. The program develops a larger audience for the arts medium among under 40 Detroiters, and a tendency of highlighting young jazz artists. 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 influential of our music scenes.

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!
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!

Through education, concerts, and other programming, YLD is underscoring jazz’s importance, and bringing newfound enthusiasm for an authentic, American art form filled with creativity. The 500+ people who came out for jazz release of Will Sessions with Amp Fiddler at Cliff Bell’s was a testament to that.

Starting in 2013, and now coming to public light in 2014, is our Young Lions Jazz Committee. Chairing the committee is Nicole New, former Artist Manager at Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and fantastic jazz singer. John Shetler, who has worked on jazz recording projects like Wendell Harrison and has been a jazz champion on his local radio show Hot Plates with John Shetler. And rounding out the group is lead jazz guitarist and founder of nationally renowned jazz band Hot Club of Detroit, Evan Perri. Hot Club is on global jazz label Mack Avenue, located in Grosse Pointe Farms.

2014 Young Lions Committee
2014 Young Lions Committee

Be on the look out for coming YLD news and events. You’ll be hearing from us soon. Would you like to support our program and/or get involved? Email us at info@ForwardArtsDetroit.org.

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.

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