• Extensive interview with Gary Giddins, his generation’s most eminent jazz writer and author of Bing CrosbySwinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940 – 1946

     

  • Has Tenor, Will Travel
    (for Stan Getz)

    Like syrup on pancakes,
    His solos pour out,
    Languid and melodic,
    Effortless at any tempo.

     

  • The Best Dancer at St Bernadette’s and Me, by Tricia Lowther

    Nothing can spoil today, not even our Sue. It’s the third Saturday in September, 1978. I’m 11 years old and like every other girl in our street, (and some of the boys), I’ve waited months for this. 

  • A brief history of Detroit’s elegant dance hall.

  • Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins
  • "Has Tenor, Will Travel" - a poem by Freddington
  • "The Best Dancer" -- a story by Tricia Lowther
  • Historic Venues: Detroit's Graystone Ballroom
Interviews » Conversations with Gary Giddins

Interview with Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins

Gary Giddins, his generation’s most eminent jazz writer and author of the award winning biography Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903 – 1940, talks with us about his brilliant second book on Crosby, Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940 – 1946. The interview is a fascinating read — a virtual history of Crosby’s life and his impact on America during its most consequential decade. Featuring photos, music and film clips, and information about Giddins’ experience studying Crosby for 25 years.

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Coming Soon to Jerry Jazz Musician

Tomorrow, our interview with Gary Giddins, author of the forthcoming book Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star:  The War Years, 1940 – 1946 will be published.  The interview is a fascinating read — a virtual history of Crosby’s life and his impact on America during its most consequential decade — and a primer for Giddins’ outstanding biography, due in book stores November 1. 

Also, in the early days of November, be on the lookout for these features:

  • A collection of poetry devoted to the era Giddins writes about – the 1940’s. Poets write about the society, the music, and the hope, love and loss associated with the war during America’s most challenging time.
  • A new edition of “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” in which prominent Americans answer the question: “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite

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Features » Historic Venues

Historic Venues: Detroit’s Graystone Ballroom

On February 27, 1922, when dancing in giant ballrooms was wildly popular, Detroit’s Graystone Ballroom – a block long structure on Woodward Avenue —  opened with the All-University Ball.  According to Dan Austin of HistoricDetroit.org,  the property’s original owners were planning a ten story building that “was to house a restaurant called the Chinese Gardens,” but the owners ran out of money before it could be constructed.  Enter Detroit bandleader Jean Goldkette, whose investment and vision created an entirely different experience.

In addition to leading a famed Detroit orchestra, Goldkette — who studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory as a child prodigy before his family emigrated to the United States in 1911 (he arrived in Detroit in 1916) — was prominent in the entertainment business during his time, being principal in Jean Goldkette Orchestras and Attractions, which worked out of […] Continue reading »