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by Jim Gallert

One of Detroit’s finest saxophonists speaks of his musical adventures.

by Jim Gallert

By Fred Reif

by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert

King (1911 – 1992) led the houseband at Detroit’s fabled Flame Show Bar, primary outlet for black entertainment in the 1950s. He was Music Director at the Fox Theater, wrote music for “A Century Of Progress”, arranger/music director for the Spinners. But he was much more than the sum of his many talents. Gallert (and Bjorn) chronicle his life and times. more »

By Charles L. Latimer

by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert

 

by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert

by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert

Trumpeter Mathew Rucker’s late-1930s band included his lifelong friend Bill Evans (Yusef Lateef) and future Motown session man Willie Shorter. He led bands in the city until he quit the music business to drive a cab. He ended up owning Blue Eagle Cab Company. more »

Blue Sensation:
The Todd Rhodes story

by Jim Gallert

Rhodes (1900 – 1965) had a career which spanned sixty years, from McKinney’s Syncos (later McKinney’s Cotton Pickers) to his own band, a red-hot R&B combo that recorded a series of brilliant discs for Sensation and King.

Johnny Allen: Detroit Piano Man

by Jim Gallert

Pianist, arranger, composer, bandleader… Allen led the Club Congo Orchestra, a focal point for younger Detroit musicians in the early 1940s, played with Bull Moose Jackson, Lucky Millinder, toiled in the Motown studios, worked at practically every club in the city.

by Jim Gallert