Season 3 – Episode 05: Far from New Orleans, Long Before Motown, Jazz Became Detroit’s Pulse

The magnet of good-paying factory jobs and the nurturing influence of an excellent public school music program helped make Detroit a hotbed of jazz and the hometown of many internationally famous musicians. This edition of Detroit History Podcast takes a look at when and how and why Detroit’s music began to swing, and how generations of jazz stylists became an important cultural export. From the Graystone Ballroom to Miles Davis’s rhythm section, and onward, Detroit has had a greater impact on America’s native art form, jazz, than you might expect.

Song Credits:
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers- Millenberg Joys

McKinney’s Cotton Pickers- Zonky
Duke Ellington- Harlem Air Shaft
Milt Jackson- True Blues
Wendell Harrison- Urban Expressions
J Dilla- Dreamy