2013-09-06 / News

Jazz Greats Entertain at Grand Hotel on Labor Day Weekend



Jazz pianist Freddy Cole, flanked by bassist Elias Bailey and guitarist Randy Napoleon, in the Grand Hotel Theater during his Saturday night performance at the Labor Day Jazz Festival. One of his popular songs, “I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me,” refers to his brother, Nat King Cole. Other headliners were Ramsey Lewis, Dianne Reeves, and Branford Marsalis. Clarinetist Dave Bennett and Grand Hotel’s jazz band and orchestra, led by Alex Graham, were featured throughout the weekend. Jazz pianist Freddy Cole, flanked by bassist Elias Bailey and guitarist Randy Napoleon, in the Grand Hotel Theater during his Saturday night performance at the Labor Day Jazz Festival. One of his popular songs, “I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me,” refers to his brother, Nat King Cole. Other headliners were Ramsey Lewis, Dianne Reeves, and Branford Marsalis. Clarinetist Dave Bennett and Grand Hotel’s jazz band and orchestra, led by Alex Graham, were featured throughout the weekend.

At right: Scat singer and four-time Emmy winner Dianne Reeves poses with Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III after her performance Saturday, August 31, in the Tea Garden. They are flanked by Jazz Festival guests Sheldon Smith of Alexandria, Virginia, and Mary Jo Pompura, of Huntington Beach, California. At right: Scat singer and four-time Emmy winner Dianne Reeves poses with Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III after her performance Saturday, August 31, in the Tea Garden. They are flanked by Jazz Festival guests Sheldon Smith of Alexandria, Virginia, and Mary Jo Pompura, of Huntington Beach, California.

Excellent weather Saturday, August 31, and a great performance by Dianne Reeves attracted a large crowd to the Grand Hotel Tea Garden. The next morning, Selected of God Choir of Detroit brought a rousing gospel sing to the front porch of the hotel. Excellent weather Saturday, August 31, and a great performance by Dianne Reeves attracted a large crowd to the Grand Hotel Tea Garden. The next morning, Selected of God Choir of Detroit brought a rousing gospel sing to the front porch of the hotel.

Far right: Branford Marsalis (right) and Paul Anthony in the Grand Hotel’s Pavilion following a Sunday morning interview prior to the September 1 performance of Mr. Marsalis and his quartet in the Tea Garden during the Labor Day Jazz Festival at Grand Hotel. Far right: Branford Marsalis (right) and Paul Anthony in the Grand Hotel’s Pavilion following a Sunday morning interview prior to the September 1 performance of Mr. Marsalis and his quartet in the Tea Garden during the Labor Day Jazz Festival at Grand Hotel.

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