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Dilla’s Delights in Paradise Valley

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Herman “Uncle Herm” Hayes, James “Dilla” Yancey‘s uncle, knows how to move forward without slipping into amnesia. We are honored to be a small part of his entrepreneurial efforts at Dilla’s Delights to create possibilities for his nephew’s daughters by lending him our Paradise Valley model from the Graystone International Jazz Museum Collection. The model […]

Archaeology at the Blue Bird

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This is an update from our ongoing engagement with the Blue Bird Inn. You can read more about our efforts here. Blue Bird Inn exterior today By C. Lorin Brace VI and Samantha Ellens The Blue Bird Inn, located at 5021 Tireman on Detroit’s West Side was at one point the most prominent and important […]

Graystone Museum Exhibit at the Library

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The Detroit Sound Conservancy has set up an exhibit at the Detroit Public Library to honor the Graystone International Jazz Museum! I hadn’t heard of the GIJM or any of the history behind the place before helping out with the display. The museum was founded in 1974 by James Jenkins to fulfill an ongoing aspiration: to house […]

Detroit Bus Company Tour

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We are pleased to announce a tour collaboration with The Detroit Bus Company for our “Shifting Gears” tour. The first tour will take place on Sunday, May 3rd. Tickets will be $40. A portion of the profits will go to the DSC. You can read more about the tour here. You can purchase tickets here.

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 […]

Preserving United Sound Systems

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United Sound Systems (USS) was the site of numerous well-known recordings, including those by the most popular artists of many genres. Jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, blues legends like John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Motown stars such as Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson, soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Isaac […]

Why We DetroitWiki

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The Detroit Sound Conservancy believes that Detroit preservationists need an accurate, sourced, linked, serviceable history of their city. We have been attempting to build such a useable past for Detroit music since 2012 via the DetroitWiki. The goal here must be to take musical minutia – the arcane knowledge of musical anthropologists, record collectors, and […]

Stirring the Blue Bird to Sing

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Originally published in Model D. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and written by Carleton Gholz Stirring the Blue Bird to sing: Introducing the Detroit Sound Conservancy Every day lovers of Detroit sound lose another hero. As I write this, I have heard that Michael Davis, bass player for the seminal Detroit rock band the MC5, has passed away. In a […]

DSC 2: Blue Bird Inn Meetup

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The first meeting of the Detroit Sound Conservancy was a raging success. First meeting up at the wonderful Avalon bakery on Willis in the Midtown area of Detroit and discussing possibilities for our burgeoning group. Then going over to the now defunct (infamous jazz club) the Blue Bird Inn and taking pictures to mark what we hope will […]