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Members of the Detroit School of Arts jazz ensemble

These organizations are keeping Detroit's jazz legacy alive by teaching it to the city's youth

Several institutions in the city are making sure that if a young person loves to play jazz, they have access to education, performance, practice spaces, and most importantly, a sense that they belong in the jazz community.

Marsha Music at Bert's Market Place

Hipster history: Unpacking the stories of metro Detroit's legendary cultural scenes

In an effort to savor the stories of our rich cultural past, but also to better understand our area today, we dug into the history of the vibrant scenes in Paradise Valley, the Cass Corridor, Ann Arbor, and Palmer Park.

Collins giving a tour of the techno museum

How the North End became Detroit's home base for techno

The North End has been home to seminal Motown musicians, and local venues have hosted some of the great soul and R&B acts of all time. But it also has an important place in the history of techno music.

Carleton Gholz stands on the Blue Bird stage at the St. Etienne Biennale

Music preservation org saves the Blue Bird Inn stage, an important piece of Detroit music history

In 2015 the Detroit Sound Conservancy saved the Blue Bird Inn's stage, where jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker played. Now it's being showcased around the world to foster the next generation of sound preservationists.

Audra Kubat

Detroit songwriter Audra Kubat helps youth find their voice

The singer/songwriter, who's been working with youth in schools to develop their musical voice, is releasing her first album in a decade in a series of shows at the DIA.
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