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Terence Blanchard extended as Fred A. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair through the 2025–2026 season; will perform with the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet on January 31, 2025

Guest artists include Chucho Valdés Royal Quartet, Cyrus Chestnut and friends, the SFJAZZ Collective, Ron Carter Quartet, and Cécile McLorin Salvant

Detroit, (June 24, 2024) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced the 2024–2025 Paradise Jazz Series featuring six concerts on the Orchestra Hall stage, with ticket packages now available for purchase. The new season’s artists include Terence Blanchard (Fred A. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair at the DSO), Chucho Valdés Royal QuartetCyrus Chestnut and friends,the SFJAZZ CollectiveRon Carter Quartet, and Cécile McLorin Salvant.

“We are thrilled to share the 2024–2025 season of the Paradise Jazz Series, which honors Orchestra Hall’s history as the Paradise Theatre,” said Blanchard. “Detroit is one of the great jazz cities, and our audiences always know good music. We have an amazing lineup this season that preserves jazz’s rich legacy while celebrating its future with some of today’s best artists—don’t miss it!”

The DSO is also pleased to extend the appointment of Terence Blanchard as the Fred A. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair through the 2025–2026 season. “Celebrating the artistry and leadership of Terence is a true honor for the DSO,” said DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark. “His passion and commitment continue to inspire us all, and we are immensely grateful for his vision in shaping the vibrant spirit of our Paradise Jazz Series.”

The series kicks off on October 18 as Grammy Award winning pianist and composer Chucho Valdés brings his Royal Quartet for an evening of Afro-Cuban Jazz. In a career spanning more than 60 years, both as a solo artist and bandleader, Valdés has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban music tradition, jazz, classical music, rock, and more, into a deeply personal style.

On December 6, a holiday favorite returns as virtuosic and playful pianist Cyrus Chestnut performs Vince Guaraldi’s classic score from A Charlie Brown Christmas. A masterful jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut balances his dexterous technical skill with a robust, soulful style that speaks to his deep gospel roots and love of swinging hard bop. Raised in the church, he learned how to infuse his swinging, classically trained style with a warm gospel sound.

On January 31, 2025Terence Blanchard will present his evening length, Grammy Award winning work A Tale of God’s Will: Requiem for Katrina, commemorating 20 years since the devastation of the hurricane. For this updated version of the song cycle, Blanchard has added new arrangements with his band the E-Collective and double Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet to create a tapestry that captures the destruction of the hurricane and redemption of the great city of New Orleans following the disaster. “After being paired back for Turtle Island Quartet, Blanchard’s writing hits more starkly,” writes The New York Times.

On February 22, 2025, the SFJAZZ Collective celebrates 20 years with a retrospective featuring works from icons such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, and more as well as selections from the 20th Anniversary Suite, which was collectively composed by the current band, inspired by the history of the ensemble. Under the direction of Chris Potter, the ensemble includes dynamic artists David SánchezMike RodriguezWarren WolfEdward SimonMatt Brewer, and Kendrick Scott.

On April 4, 2025, three-time Grammy Award winner and Detroit native Ron Carter brings his acclaimed quartet to the Paradise Jazz Series. This special performance will include drummer Payton Crossley, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Green, and star pianist Renee Rosnes, and will take listeners on a journey through music across various albums, from standards on Dear Miles, to well-known originals documented throughout Carter’s long and illustrious career.

The series concludes on June 6, 2025, as Grammy Award winning singer, composer, and visual artist Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her Paradise Jazz Series debut. Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, global folk traditions, theater, jazz, and baroque music. She is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded and forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor.

Subscriptions are on sale now for the 2024–2025 Paradise Jazz Series, beginning at $102 for the entire season. Subscribe by visiting, calling 313.576.5111, or visiting the DSO Box Office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Summer hours beginning July 1: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.). Single tickets for Paradise Jazz Series concerts will go on sale in August.

Currently in its 25th season, the Paradise Jazz Series is named for and honors the legacy of the Paradise Theatre, the historic Detroit jazz venue that was on the site of Orchestra Hall from 1941–1951. The DSO is one of few major American orchestras to present regular jazz programming on its main stage. Learn more about the series at

The Paradise Jazz Series is supported by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family FoundationMGM Grand Detroit, and DownBeat magazine.