Jazz ‘Flame Keeper’ named Kresge Eminent Artist

Jazz ‘Flame Keeper’ named Kresge Eminent Artist
January 25, 2018 paperlesslion
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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.