Detroit Jazz Festival: Mark Stryker’s best-of-fest picks (via Detroit Free Press)

James (Blood) Ulmer & the Black Music Experience featuring Queen Esther A commanding and original guitarist, Ulmer delivers raw grit and distorted that power connects the dots between early blues masters, Jimi Hendrix and the late free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman. With the flexible vocalist Queen Esther getting star billing and a band name teasing toward a sprawl of styles, expect a wild ride through the full spectrum of African-American vernacular music. 6 p.m., Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

Maria Schneider Orchestra Schneider’s large ensemble showcases her poetic compositions full of pastel colors, subtle harmonic shadings, textural variety and a finely honed sense of drama and organic development. The music swirls and sways, melodies and other signposts morphing seamlessly between foreground and background. The program will surely draw heavily from her new CD, “The Thompson Fields” (ArtistShare), a valentine to the natural landscape of her native Minnesota. After all these years, her ensemble, stocked with strong soloists, breathes as one. 9:30 p.m., Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

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