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Wendell Harrison – saxophonist, organizer, entrepreneur and keeper of jazz flame – named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2017

Harrison is the 10th artist to receive the Kresge honor and $50,000 award for her contributions to art form, cultural community, residents of the city.

Detroit-born jazz musician Wendell Harrison has been named the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist. The lifetime achievement award includes a $50,000 prize.

Harrison, 75, is a tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, bandleader, educator, organizer and entrepreneur. His high-energy and expressive playing sweeps through a range of idioms, reconciling modern jazz roots with excursions into funk, fusion and free jazz. He is widely known as a flame keeper of Detroit’s jazz legacy and the co-founder of Tribe, an influential 1970s collective that produced jazz recordings and concerts. published a magazine and continues to provide a do-it-yourself model for contemporary creative musicians. (Read full articles here)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit News Detroit Free Press Kresge Arts Detroit Metro Times

How Kresge Eminent Artist Wendell Harrison found his tribe

 

By Ana Gavrilovska

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WENDELL HARRISON RECEIVES 2018 KRESGE EMINENT ARTIST AWARD

BLAC Detroit Magazine

Wendell Harrison Talks Five Decades as a Detroit Jazz Musician

The jazz musician and educator discusses Detroit's rich music history and what he's contributed.

Cornelius Fortune

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