$1.9M Mellon Foundation Grant to Restore the Blue Bird Inn and Invest in Capacity and Community
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Detroit Sound Conservancy Receives $1.9M Mellon Foundation Grant to Restore the Historic Blue Bird Inn and Invest in Capacity and Community [Detroit, Michigan. July 1st, 2024] — Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) announces a transformational grant of $1,900,000 over four years from the Mellon Foundation to support the rehabilitation of the Blue Bird Inn, a historic neighborhood jazz club on Tireman Avenue on Detroit’s Old West Side. The grant will also provide support for DSC’s programming and general operations. The Blue Bird Inn, which featured performances from John Coltrane and Miles Davis an ..read more
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From the Ballroom to the Museum: Celebrating Black Resistance in the Graystone Collection
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3M ago
On Thursday November 9th, Detroit Sound Conservancy will present an evening of performance, celebration and reflection on the legacy of the Graystone Ballroom and International Jazz Museum at the Jam Handy. The program will feature the debut  performance of the New Graystone Ensemble led by world renowned drummer and composer Ali Jackson.  More info and RSVP – DSCGraystone.eventbrite.com For nearly fifty years, the Graystone Ballroom was a beating heart of Detroit’s vibrant developing music scene. In 1974, after the Ballroom’s closure and demolition, James Jenkins, a Detroit bus dri ..read more
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Blue Bird Inn Groundbreaking Ceremony and Annual BBQ
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BLUE BIRD INN GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY & ANNUAL BBQ Please join Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) at our annual community BBQ, and celebrate us breaking ground for the rehabilitation of the historic Blue Bird Inn! The event will take place on Sunday, September 10, from 2-5pm outside the Blue Bird Inn, located at 5021 Tireman Avenue, Detroit, MI.  More info and RSVP – https://dscbbq.eventbrite.com/ The free community event will be an opportunity to gather and celebrate with live music  and delicious BBQ provided by The Cardinal Foundation. The Cardinal Foundation, run by Ron Cannon ..read more
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Event: Willie & Pancho Elegant World of Jazz
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3M ago
We are pleased to support a wonderful event by our partners at The Societie of the Culturally Concerned. THE SOCIETIE OF THE CULTURALLY CONCERNED TO HONOR DETROIT ‘40’s JAZZ ARTIST KENNY PANCHO HAGOOD The Societie of the Culturally Concerned (SOCC) is pleased to announce its upcoming event, The Elegant World of Jazz, which will honor Detroit jazz artist, Kenny Pancho Hagood and producer friend Willie Bolar, for their achievements and contribution to the jazz culture. The event, to be held on April 30th, 2023, will also celebrate International Jazz Appreciation Day. The event is hosted at Trino ..read more
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In Memoriam: Morris Mitchell – A True Disco Original
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3M ago
An observance by Carleton Gholz with a libation from Jahra McKinney Morris Mitchell, a musician, DJ, and promoter, as well a founding member of party production crew True Disco Productions and a pioneer of Detroit’s Black LGBT dance music scene, died on April 5, 2023. He was seventy years old.  Mitchell began his public musical career as a drummer in local black cover bands like the Black Clergy and Stone and saw the mighty English rock band Led Zeppelin at Olympia Stadium. But Mitchell eventually became a player during the ensuing disco boom. Coming up in what he described as the “close ..read more
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Event: Interstate 313: Displacement and Preservation On the Road to a Just Future
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Detroit Sound Conservancy and Black Bottom Archives present a panel discussion about the impact of interstate systems on Detroit. Sunday February 26th 2pm at Main | Detroit Public Library 5201 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202 Free RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interstate-313-displacement-and-preservation-on-the-road-to-a-just-future-tickets-525794494487 Community advocates and preservation organizations Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) and Black Bottom Archives (BBA) present a panel and community discussion on the destructive impact of the interstate highway system on Detroit’s ..read more
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Support: Help Melvin Davis, Detroit’s Soul Ambassador, with Medical Cost
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Music heals in times of trouble – for six decades, the Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis has provided music and memories to help us all. Now we can help Melvin. During the heart of the pandemic, Melvin soldiered through a debilitating case of COVID pneumonia only to begin another fight against Leukemia. While he is currently on the mend, Melvin needs our help with the medical expenses that have resulted from these battles. Give: Melvin Davis GoFundMe For those who have followed DSC for a while, Melvin Davis needs no introduction. He embodies the very heart and soul of the Detroit sound as o ..read more
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EVENT: DSC 10: Celebrating a Decade of Detroit Sound Conservancy
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Join Detroit Sound Conservancy as we celebrate 10 years of preserving, advocating, salvaging and sustaining Detroit Sound. All proceeds from this event will benefit the preservation of Detroit music. Tickets and more information at : DSC10.EVENTBRITE.COM Over our 10 years we’ve curated over 150 programs for thousands of attendees, preserved thousands of artifacts physically and digitally and purchased 1 historic jazz club that we’re rehabilitating into our home. We’ve got a lot to celebrate! On December 9th 2022, we’ll gather at UFO Factory for a night of intergenerational live Detroit music a ..read more
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Honoring LaVell Williams for 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
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2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage:  Detroit Sound Conservancy Honors LaVell Williams (1967-2018) In celebration of 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Detroit Sound Conservancy honors Co-Founder LaVell Williams (1967-2018). #AudiovisualHeritageDay #WDAVH2022 In celebration of 2022 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Detroit Sound Conservancy honors Co-Founder LaVell Williams (1967-2018) who died four years ago this week. Williams mentored a generation of music lovers and Co-Founded the community-based audiovisual archive Detroit Sound Conservancy. detroitsound.org/lavell-willia ..read more
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EVENT: Blue Bird Live Jazz and Community BBQ
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3M ago
You’re invited to Join the Birds of the West Side Team Blue Bird of Detroit Sound Conservancy and The Cardinal Foundation Saturday, SEPTEMBER 10th 2-5pm 5021 Tireman Ave on the sidewalk in front of The Blue Bird Inn Live Jazz Performance from Gayelynn McKinney & The McKinney Zone Trio Gayelynn McKinney & The McKinney Zone Trio BBQ, LIVE MUSIC, Fun! FREE and open to the public! Bring Your Own Chairs! Thank You to Our Sponsors! This program is supported in part by Detroit Regional Chamber, The Kresge Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Michigan Arts and Culture Council.  The p ..read more
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