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Sunday, 9 September, 2007 4:51 PM

Detroit Jazz Festival Opens With Herbie Hancock's International Flavor

PHOTO BY SHEILA FRANKLIN / AMERICAJR.com

Herbie Hancock performs on The Chase Main Stage.

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

 

Last Friday night was a special night in the City of Detroit as Herbie Hancock closed out the first night of the 2007 Jazz Festival with an international, non-purist jazz that soothed the souls of Detroiters, suburbanites, and a smattering of none-of-the-aboves. He played all his food songs, like "Watermelon Man" and "Cantaloupe Island." It would have been nice had he done a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Tangerine," but he did do his take on native Detroiter Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You."

The Chase Main Stage right by Campus Martius Park and the Hard Rock Cafe was a great venue for the musical maestro of Chicago and Paris. The weather was vastly cooperative and there was an intense mood of harmony in the air. Even the black lab in the SUV was happy and friendly when I put my hand up to the open window.

After the show, me and my entourage went to the best coney island joint in the known universe, namely, Lafayette Coney Island, where a happy crowd was applauding one of the servers for a trick he kept doing but I kept missing. The coney I ate had a flavor to it, which is something I don't get when I have a 99 cent coney at my local coney joint in Fraser, whose name will go unsaid.

I hope local Detroiters will take out-of-towners to Lafayette Coney Island to show them the local flavor. I get the feeling that Mr. Hancock took a limo back to the RenCen right after his show, but he would have been better served had he been allowed to see where the little people go to dine and mingle.

Mr. Hancock's music was saturated with internationalia and that was beautiful and refreshing, but as Longfellow might say today, "Into every American expatriate in Paris's life, a great coney island should fall...."

 

PHOTO BY SHEILA FRANKLIN / AMERICAJR.com

A look at Hart Plaza during the Detroit Jazz Festival

 

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