Swinging Through Time: Explore Detroit Jazz History With the Internet Public Library



Bryan A. Blank
W. Kim Heron
David S. Carter
4033 SEB
610 E. University
Ann Arbor, MI

February 12, 1998

Ann Arbor, MI, February 27, 1998.--You've heard about the Motown Sound, but what about Roy Brooks' musical saw? Find out more about Detroit's rich jazz history in images, music and video at the Internet Public Library's online exhibit, "Swinging Through Time: The Graystone Museum and the Story of Detroit Jazz" (http://www.ipl.org/exhibit/detjazz/), created by W. Kim Heron and Bryan Blank.

In the Video Lounge (http://www.ipl.org/exhibit/detjazz/Video.html), you can see jazz "drummist" Roy Brooks talk about his music, play the steel drums and even a musical saw. W. Kim Heron notes, "Brooks does a lot of really interesting things...he even sets up mechanical toys, little drummers, as part of his performance."

In the Listening Room (http://www.ipl.org/exhibit/detjazz/Listen.html), you can hear cool jazz sounds from Brooks as well as Pamela Wise, the Steve Wood Quintet, Blue Dog and other artists. You can also visit the Photo Gallery to view slideshows or read essays tracing Detroit jazz history from 1850 to today.

The exhibit is a tribute to the Graystone International Jazz Museum and Hall of Fame, begun more than 20 years ago to preserve the legacy of Detroit jazz. Exhibit creators W. Kim Heron and Bryan Blank worked closely with M.A. Lahab of the Graystone to make rare archival photographs available online, while jazz historians Jim Gallert, Lars Bjorn and Herb Boyd gave permission to have their out-of-print essays presented.

The Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org/) is a project based at the University of Michigan School of Information, staffed by professional librarians with assistance from students and volunteer librarians from around the world, and has been visited by more than 7 million people from over 100 countries. The library maintains a collection of online ready reference works; responds to reference questions; creates web resources; evalutes and categorizes resources on the Internet; and provides a space for exhibitions.