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 Community Jazz History Series was a video oral history program completed by the Graystone Jazz Museum and preserved by Detroit Sound Conservancy.
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.
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, a Black dance orchestra active from 1927 to 1934, served as the house band at Detroit’s Graystone Ballroom.
Roy Brooks, drummer and composer, performs for Detroit Jazz Alive, an on-air program broadcast on public radio station WDET.
James Jenkins (1916-1994), Founder of the Graystone International Jazz Museum, discusses his motivations for starting the museum in this interview.
Detroit Sound Conservancy · Cass Corridor Music: Detroit Music Box Podcast
Bernard “Tree” Hill, brother of Detroiter and jazz pianist Phil Hill, compiled this scrapbook of photos with national jazz and local musicians.