Karriem Riggins has been named Artist-in-Residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival, and he’s so excited to be a part of it.

“His artistry, energy, transcending jazz style and presence will create an exciting showcase of talent and diverse tapestry coming from the Festival stages.”  

Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. 

Riggins is one of Detroit’s most renowned jazz musicians, producers, DJs and Emmy Award winner from Michigan. He will support the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation with educational initiatives for students and community engagement activities across the region throughout the year. In addition, Riggins will lead multiple diverse performances during the Festival on Labor Day weekend. He will also be on campus at Wayne State University to host a master class for university and high school students on April 11th and perform during their Preview event on April 12th which will be livestreamed for free on detroitjazzfest.org.

Karrien Riggins has made a significant impact on the music industry with his versatile style and innovative approach to production. His career spans over two decades, working with some of the biggest names in music including Diana Krall, Common, Erykah Badu, Paul McCartney and Steve Lacy. 

In addition to jazz, Karriem has received widespread recognition for his contributions to the hip-hop genre.  Whether in the studio or on the stage, Riggins continues to push the boundaries of music and inspire a new generation of musicians and artists around the world. 

“The selection of Karriem Riggins as the 2023 Artist-in-Residence represents our mission to embrace the next generation of jazz leadership, and jazz’s continuous evolution that makes this genre of music so special and eternal,” said Chris Collins, president and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation. 


 The Detroit Jazz Festival will be held in downtown Detroit on Sept. 1 – 4.  

For more information, visit:
Website – www.detroitjazzfest.org
Facebook — @DetroitJazzFestival
Twitter — @DetroitJazzFest
Instagram — @DetroitJazzFest

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