2011-09-03 / Top News

Jazz Festival Highlights Labor Day Weekend

A focus on jazz will return to Mackinac Island as part of Grand Hotel’s annual Labor Day Jazz Weekend.

The festival, which will take place from Friday, September 2, to Sunday, September 4, will feature Arturo Sandoval and Kurt Elling, both of whom have performed here in the past.

Mr. Sandoval has been awarded four Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and an Emmy for his work in jazz and classical music, and has worked with famous musicians such as Dizzy Gillepsie, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, and Alicia Keys. He began playing classical trumpet at age 12, and then found jazz to be an appealing genre, as well.

Mr. Elling was named 2011 Downbeat Magazine Vocalist of the year and Male Singer of the Year by Jazz Journalists Association, and has written many works for the Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago. He has also performed at the White House for President Barack and Michelle Obama.

Other performers will include Broadway singer Christine Ebersole, the gypsy jazz band Hot Club of Detroit with special guest Cyrille Aimee, bassist Jim Ferguson, vocalist Tony Reynolds, clarinetist Dave Bennett, and the gospel group Shout Sister Shout.

Alexander Graham, music director at Grand Hotel, said the musical acts continue to be high quality and will provide a wonderful series of shows for both Grand Hotel guests and visitors.

“The acts speak for themselves,” he said. “They’re going to be great. It’s one of the highlights of the year.”

Evening performances in the hotel require proper attire, but are free. Tickets to the headliner performances in the Tea Garden are $70 and include the picnic lunch buffet and are available at the front desk and at the gates.

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