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U-M Detroit Center Presents: Music in the Key of "D"

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
4:00 AM
U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit

Decades before Detroiters danced in the streets to Motown melodies, the city stood alongside New Orleans, Chicago and St. Louis as a Jazz music giant. At <i> Music in the Key of “D”: Detroit Jazz, Then and Now, </i> discover Detroit Jazz history through pictures, dialogue and music, of course! <i>Semester in Detroit proudly partners with the University of Michigan Detroit Center to host the Semester in Detroit Speaker Series and SiD courses.</i>


On Tuesday, August 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., the University of Michigan Detroit Center is proud to present, Music in the Key of “D”: Detroit Jazz, Then and Now. Open to the general public, this event includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments for all attendees.

In celebration of the Detroit Jazz Festival, this entertaining and educational panel discussion examines the city’s rich jazz heritage from its earliest beginnings to present day influences.

When jazz emerged in the 1920s, the city of Detroit quickly became one of the nation’s hottest jazz destinations, standing alongside New Orleans, Chicago, and St. Louis. As word traveled, musicians across the country relocated to Detroit in hopes to capitalize on the genre’s renown in the city. Through the 1950s, Detroit was one of America's most important jazz centers, producing legends like William McKinney, Paul Chambers and Kenny Burrell.

Presented by some of the most knowledgeable persons in Detroit Jazz history and music, panelists include:

  • Lars Bjorn, Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and author of Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60
  • Jim Gallert, Jazz broadcaster, researcher, writer and co-author of Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60
  • Sean Dobbins, Award-winning Jazz drummer and educator

For more information on the event, visit: or contact the Detroit Center at / 313-593-3584.

The University of Michigan Detroit Center is located on the first floor of Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Avenue (next to Orchestra Hall).

More about the University of Michigan's Detroit Center: The UMDC offers instruction and provides a central base to support and sustain research and partnerships among the University, civic leaders, arts groups, and community organizations. The Center recognizes Detroit for its rich urban arts and cultural context and opportunities for meaningful education and scholarship. The Center also embodies the University's commitment to the City, and serves as a visible and accessible community center gateway to the University for Detroit's residents and its institutions.

Lars Bjorn, Jim Gallert and Sean Dobbins