Posts By: Veronica Grandison

Remembering Terry Jean Pollard

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Terry Jean Pollard was known in the Detroit jazz community as “the queen of the vibes” for her mastery of the instrument. A Detroit bred pianist/vibraphonist, Pollard was a powerhouse performer who started out playing at jazz clubs around the city including a famous stint with the Billy Mitchell band at the Blue Bird Inn […]

Preserving the Graystone Legacy

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What ever happened to the Graystone Ballroom? For those who remember, or were lucky enough to be around during the heyday of the vibrant, African American community known as Paradise Valley, they know how important the Graystone was to Detroit. It was one the area’s main attractions. The Graystone Ballroom¬†was a famous Detroit entertainment venue […]

“Jazz mentoring hitting the right notes in Midtown” by Grandison

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One of our advisers and future contributors, Veronica Grandison, wrote a great article this week exploring the current state of musical mentoring in Detroit. At one point she says: “Whether it’s breaking out the sax to help a student practice scales, conducting private lessons, or leading a band, musicians play an important role in music […]