Home > Events & News > Brown Bag Schedule . Archive

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Lam says tightening global labor market good for American workers

Johnston says e-cigs may reverse two-decades of progress on smoking reduction

Mueller-Smith finds incarceration increases the likelihood of committing more, and more serious, crimes

Highlights

Bob Willis awarded 2015 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics

David Lam is new director of Institute for Social Research

Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

Elizabeth Bruch wins ASA award for paper in mathematical sociology

Next Brown Bag

PSC Brown Bags will be back fall 2015


Shahida Nurullah

Shahida Nurullah

Jazz and Detroit:
The City and Its African-American Music Heritage.

An Institute for Social Research MLK 2002 Event

Sociologist Lars Bjorn and veteran Michigan jazz commentator Jim Gallert presented a multi-media presentation on the contributions of Detroit artists to the development of jazz in America preceeding a performance by the George Benson Quintet, with vocals by Shahida Nurullah. Jan. 29, 2002 at the Bird of Paradise Club, Ann Arbor, in celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Lars Bjorn

Lars Bjorn

U-M-Dearborn sociologist Lars Bjorn and veteran Michigan jazz commentator Jim Gallert opened the event with a brief multi-media presentation on the contributions of Detroit artists to the development of jazz in America. Bjorn and Gallert co-authored "Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-1960," published by U-M Press in 2001.

The George Benson Quintet, with George Benson on tenor saxophone, Dwight Adams on trumpet, Tad Weed on piano, Will Austin on bass, and George Davidson on drums, along with vocalist Shahida Nurullah, performed two sets that illustrated some of the jazz styles originating in Detroit - styles that exerted a considerable influence on the Motown sounds of the Temptations, the Supremes, and the Four Tops.

George Benson Quintet

George Benson Quintet

"Before Motown is the first book about the history of jazz in Detroit. It shows the significant impact Detroit has had on the development of jazz in America, with its own sound, distinct from that of the other jazz centers of Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, or Kansas City. Starting with the big bands in the 1920s,with groups like the McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Jean Goldkette's Orchestra, and continuing into the 1950s, Detroit experienced a golden age of modern jazz centered around clubs like the Blue Bird Inn. That jazz scene comes alive in interviews with musicians and club owners, combined with unique period photographs and advertisements. In addition, Detroit's vital jazz scene is placed in its social context, particularly within the changing relations between blacks and whites at the time." -from the UM Press Catalog.

Jim Gallert

Shahida Nurullah

Shahida Nurullah

[View composite image]