Tag Archives: Jazz

Bruce Conforth on the real life of Robert Johnson, the real hell of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and what it was like coming of age inside Izzy’s Young’s Folklore Center as the young Bobby Zimmerman hammered out songs on the typewriter in the back room… on episode 44 of the Saturday Six Pack

When I first started talking with ethnomusicologist Bruce Conforth about the possibility of his being on the show, I wasn’t exactly sure what we’d be talking about. He didn’t seem terribly enthusiastic about the prospect of discussing his time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where he was the founding curator, […]

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Jelly Roll Morton and the gritty origins of jazz

At some point in 1938, while employed by the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song to record and preserve regional American music being put at risk by popular music like jazz, music archivist Alan Lomax found himself at a Washington, DC club by the name of the Jungle Inn, one of the few […]

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Shadow Art Fair defenders and detractors mix it up one last time

Like every year at this time, the Shadow Art Fair media juggernaut has begun in earnest. As of today, there are articles in The Ypsi Courier and The Current, as well as on AnnArbor.com. And, this afternoon, WEMU aired an interview that I’d done with local “All Things Considered” host Bob Eccles. (I think it […]

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More on the last three $1,000 grants awarded by the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation

For those of you who didn’t happen to see it, Tom Perkins, the heir to the

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On the passing of Gill Scott-Heron

Gill Scott Herron died a few days ago. I was going to commemorate his passing with The Revolution Will Not be Televised, but, seeing as how most of us reading this site are living in SE Michigan, I thought that I’d go with his anti-nuclear power song, We Almost Lost Detroit, which is particularly pertinent […]

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