United Sound Systems: Collection

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United Sound Systems Recording Studios is Michigan’s oldest and Detroit’s first independent recording studio and the site of world-changing musical moments.

Detroit Jazz Alive Performances

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A scan of a SONY PDP-120 digital audio tape or DAT recording of a performance by the Vincent Chandler quintet.

Detroit Jazz Alive was an on-air program featuring live in-studio performances by Detroit musicians broadcast on Detroit public radio station WDET.

#RecordDet Interviews

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#RecordDet was a podcast and oral history interview public program conducted by Detroit Sound Conservancy from 2014-2016.

Sarah Wilder Collection

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Sarah Wilder, born and raised in Windsor, Canada, is a radio personality and former promoter within the Detroit-Windsor house and techno music scene.

Blue Bird Inn Collection

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The Blue Bird Inn was an institute for Detroit musicians and a hearth for the Black community. Detroit Sound Conservancy is telling the bar’s story. THE INSTITUTE OF THE DETROIT SOUND Updated 30 April 2020 In 1937, African American Alabama migrant, laborer, grocer, machine operator, and entrepreneur William Dubois (c. 1878-1937) and his wife Pinkie […]

Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection

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Photo by John D’Angelo. Shelve design by Aaron Jones.   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 […]

Graystone Jazz Museum: Collection

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The Graystone International Jazz Museum & Hall of Fame was a community-based Black music archive that closed earlier this century that we salvaged in 2015.