Community Jazz History Series (1989)

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The Graystone International Jazz Museum Community Jazz History Series was a project funded by Neighborhood Builder’s Alliance and under the direction of then Board Member Larry Gabriel. Interviews were conducted by Gabriel as well as journalist W. Kim Heron. The project was completed in 1989 and includes fourteen of “Detroit’s finest local musicians on videotape.” […]

Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection

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The Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection was gifted and accessioned to Detroit Sound Conservancy in 2016. It was inventoried with support from Red Bull Arts Detroit over the winter of 2018-2019. Mr. Ruffner, Jr. was the founder of Gale Research, a Michigan-based research company. The collection is largely made up of Mr. Ruffner, Jr.’s personal […]

Graystone International Jazz Museum & Hall of Fame (1974-c. 2001)

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Summary Information Title: Graystone International Jazz Museum Collection Creator: Graystone International Jazz Museum Accession Number: Inclusive Dates: Bulk Dates: 1974-2001 Extent: 9 boxes Abstract: Language Repository: English Repository: Detroit Sound Conservancy Access and Use Access Restrictions: See policies  Copyright:  Preferred Citation:  Collection History Acquisition History: In 2014, the Detroit Sound Conservancy was gifted the remaining […]

McKinney’s Cotton Pickers

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McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, a black dance orchestra active from 1927 to 1934, served as the house band at Detroit’s Graystone Ballroom under Jean Goldkette management in the late 1920s. Under the direction of William McKinney (1895–1969) and saxophonist-arranger Don Redman (1900–1964), McKinney’s band rivaled the famous Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson orchestras during its existence. […]

Randy Mavis Collection

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Radio broadcasts and live recordings from Detroit through the 1970s and 80s recorded off the air by Randy Mavis. Highlights include: Rolling Stones, Who, Bob Seger, Stooges, WABX Broadcasts, Punk Out Updated 20 March 2018

James Jenkins

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Preface This manuscript is the product of a tape recorded interview with James T. Jenkins conducted by Deborah Evans for the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library on June 7, 1988. Deborah Evans transferred the tape and James T. Jenkins [1916-1994] edited the transcript. James T. Jenkins is the Founder and Director of […]