Graystone Collection Finding Aid

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Summary Information Title: Graystone International Jazz Museum Collection Creator: Graystone International Jazz Museum Inclusive Dates: Bulk Dates: 1974-1994 Extent: 13 boxes Abstract: Language Repository: English Repository: Detroit Sound Conservancy Access and Use Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research. Copyright: See policies  Preferred Citation: Collection History Acquisition History: Processing Information: History The Graystone International Jazz Museum & Hall of Fame was founded […]

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. […]

James Jenkins

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Preface This manuscript is the product of a tape recorded interview with James T. Jenkins conducted by Deborah Evans for the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library on June 7, 1988. Deborah Evans transferred the tape and James T. Jenkins [1916-1994] edited the transcript. James T. Jenkins is the Founder and Director of […]