Season 6 – Episode 3: Bird, Barry and Miles: The Blue Bird Inn during the 1950s

Season 6 – Episode 3: Bird, Barry and Miles: The Blue Bird Inn during the 1950s

The Blue Bird Inn was a cathedral of musical wonder in 1950s-era Detroit. This now-defunct west side club featured bebop jazz, featuring musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, and a longer list of jazz masters. The place was pretty much abandoned a few decades ago, but a local preservation group is taking up its cause, with some help from City Hall. We tell the story of a jazz club, including from the point of view of an archeologist who conducted a dig, yielding curious results.