CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS CALL FOR DONATIONS SAVE DETROIT JAZZ HISTORY GRAYSTONE JAZZ MUSEUM TUESDAY JULY 7TH 9 AM - 5 PM WEDNESDAY JULY 8TH 9 AM - 5 PM
After two years of work the Detroit Sound Conservancy has received the green light to salvage materials from the last home of the Graystone International Jazz Museum (GIJM). The museum was founded in 1974 but closed last decade as the original board members began to pass away and funds ran out. Some of the artifacts—photographs, posters, records, musical instruments, paperwork, historical research, and physical materials from the Graystone Ballroom itself which was torn down in 1980—were left in a local warehouse by the last board president. With the help of the Detroit Historical Society, we have already moved those items to a temporary safe space in Southwest Detroit. The rest of the artifacts were left in the Book Building, the last location of the museum, where they sit today awaiting a dumpster when the building is redeveloped.
On Tuesday July 7th and Wednesday July 8th we will remove these materials from the Book in downtown Detroit. This summer we will inventory and preserve these materials while creating a more complete plan for the collection that we hope will dovetail into a future DSC archive and museum.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
If you can volunteer your time from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday and / or Wednesdaynext week please contact Carleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 313-444-8242 and leave a message.
CALL FOR DONATIONS
If you can donate to help pay for moving costs and supplies please do so here.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE 100 YEARS OF DETROIT JAZZ HISTORY
Charisse was principally celebrated for her onscreen pairings with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She first appeared with Astaire in a brief routine in Ziegfeld Follies (produced in 1944 and released in 1946). Her next appearance with him was as the lead female role in The Band Wagon (1953), where she danced with Astaire in the acclaimed “Dancing in the Dark” and “Girl Hunt Ballet” routines. It was one of her most memorable dance numbers. Critic Pauline Kael said that “when the bespangled Charisse wraps her phenomenal legs around Astaire, she can be forgiven everything, even her three minutes of ‘classical’ ballet and the fact that she reads her lines as if she learned them phonetically
As Debbie Reynolds was not a trained dancer, Gene Kelly chose Charisse to partner with him in the celebrated "Broadway Melody” ballet finale from Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and she co-starred with Kelly in 1954’s Scottish-themed musical film Brigadoon. She again took the lead female role alongside Kelly in his MGM musical It’s Always Fair Weather (1956).
In 1957, she rejoined Astaire in the film version of Silk Stockings, a musical remake of 1939’s Ninotchka, with Charisse taking over Greta Garbo’s role. In his autobiography, Astaire paid tribute to Charisse, calling her “beautiful dynamite” and writing: “That Cyd! When you’ve danced with her you stay danced with.”
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Happy Birthday Johnny Coles! (July 3, 1926 – Dec. 21, 1997) American jazz trumpeter.
View of jazz musician Johnny Coles playing trumpet. Label on back: “Johnny Coles of Duke Ellington’s Band has provided several instrumental seminars for the participants in the Metro Arts bands.” Handwritten on back: “Coles, Johnny, trumpeter."
Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library