Detroit-born jazz musician Wendell Harrison, has been named the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist. A tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, bandleader, educator and entrepreneur, Harrison is widely known as a keeper of the flame of Detroit’s jazz legacy and cofounder of Tribe, an influential collective that produced jazz recordings and concerts, published a magazine and still provides a do-it-yourself model for contemporary musicians.
Harrison is the tenth metro Detroit artist to receive the Eminent Artist award. The lifetime achievement honor includes a $50,000 prize and creation of a monograph that chronicles the artist’s life and work. Downloadable versions of past Eminent Artist monographs are available on the Kresge website.