Blue Bird Inn Collection

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Overview In early 2020, the Historic Designation Advisory Board (HDAB) of the City of Detroit will decide whether or not to recommend creating a local Historic District for the Legendary Blue Bird Inn (The Bird). To support their decision, we have organized source materials below from our collections and online that we hope will begin […]

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