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Detroit: it’s more than the Motor City. It’s also one of the premiere music cities across the nation. Known for Motown Records and Hitsville U.S.A., for being the birthplace of American techno, and as the Detroit Rock City, the sounds of Detroit music span genres and decades. Check out “One Detroit” and “American Black Journal” captivating conversations and stories about Detroit’s musical sounds.

The 33rd annual Concert of Colors returns to Detroit, features tribute to MC5

The 33rd annual Concert of Colors returns to Detroit, features tribute to MC5

Concert of Colors, the annual celebration of world music, art and culture, returns to Detroit for its 33rd year. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan talks with Concert of Colors founder Ismael Ahmed about the history of the festival, its growth and how it serves the Detroit community. Plus, Detroit Musician Don Was talks about the festival’s theme of “Peace, Love and Understanding” and a tribute to MC5.

Detroit piano prodigy BLKBOK bridges classical and contemporary to create his unique sound

Detroit piano prodigy BLKBOK bridges classical and contemporary to create his unique sound

Identified as a piano prodigy by the age of eight, Charles Wilson III, known professionally as BLKBOK, has carved a unique path in the music world. For Black Music Month, BLKBOK talks with guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes about how he blends classical and contemporary music, the significance of his name, his parents’ influence, and Detroit’s impact on his career.

2024 Detroit Jazz Festival artist-in-residence Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band perform

2024 Detroit Jazz Festival artist-in-residence Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band perform

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has announced acclaimed drummer, composer, and bandleader Brian Blade as the artist-in-residence for this year’s Labor Day weekend festival. As part of his residency, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band performed during a special preview event at the Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center at Wayne State University. Watch a portion of Blade’s performance.

Local documentary telling Detroit’s jazz legacy premieres at 2024 Freep Film Festival

Local documentary telling Detroit’s jazz legacy premieres at 2024 Freep Film Festival

The 11th annual Freep Film Festival returns to various locations across Detroit and its suburbs, featuring a host of local documentaries with strong ties to the community. One local documentary, “The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit,” explores the city’s innovative and influential jazz scene and its impact on the world. “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with the film’s co-producer and writer Mark Stryker.

Darius Twyman discusses Detroit’s major influence on traditional and contemporary gospel music

Darius Twyman discusses Detroit’s major influence on traditional and contemporary gospel music

Aretha Franklin, The Winans, Mattie Moss-Clark and The Clark sisters. The list of gospel artists with roots in Detroit is long and continues to grow. Local gospel artist Darius Twyman talks with “Detroit Performs” host Satori Shakoor and BridgeDetroit journalist Orlando Bailey about his musical start, Detroit’s major influence on gospel, and the meaning behind his original song “Made It Over.”

Violinist Nathan Amaral takes home first place in Sphinx Competition Senior Division

Violinist Nathan Amaral takes home first place in Sphinx Competition Senior Division

Violinist Nathan Amaral, a 28-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, has won the senior division of the 27th annual Sphinx Finals Competition. As the winner, Amaral receives the Robert Frederick Smith Prize, a $50,000 award, and the opportunity to perform with several major orchestras across the nation. Watch Amaral’s first-place performance, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Concerto for Violin in G minor.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines gospel music’s rich history in new PBS docuseries ‘GOSPEL’

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines gospel music’s rich history in new PBS docuseries ‘GOSPEL’

A new PBS docuseries, “GOSPEL,” from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves into the origins and influence of gospel music on Black spirituality. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Stacey L. Holman, the director and producer of the docuseries, about gospel’s rich history, its impact on the Black church, Detroit’s connection to the genre, and how other music genres have been influenced by gospel.

Detroit Youth Choir makes its streaming debut with new Disney+ ‘Choir’ series

Detroit Youth Choir makes its streaming debut with new Disney+ ‘Choir’ series

The Detroit Youth Choir is in the national spotlight once again as the subject of a new Disney+ documentary series called “Choir.” The six-episode series debuts on Jan. 31 and follows the choir as they prepare for one of their biggest performances yet, at Carnegie Hall. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan talked with the choir about the experience making the Disney+ docuseries.

‘Too Hot To Handel’ returns to Detroit Opera for 20th anniversary performance

‘Too Hot To Handel’ returns to Detroit Opera for 20th anniversary performance

“Too Hot To Handel” returns to the Detroit Opera House for its 20th anniversary performance, featuring pianist Alvin Waddles, bassist Marion Hayden, and drummer Dave Taylor. Audience members will also hear Detroit’s oldest choir, The Rackham Choir and solos from singers Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson. Contributor Cecelia Sharpe talks with this year’s performers.

In The Tradition jazz ensemble brings teachings of Kwanzaa to audiences through music

In The Tradition jazz ensemble brings teachings of Kwanzaa to audiences through music

Two upcoming musical performances will share the seven principles of Kwanzaa with audiences through song. In The Tradition’s annual Kwanzaa performances are a way to make the teaching of the holiday more accessible through jazz music. One Detroit’s Sarah Zientarski caught up with the ensemble ahead of their two performances at the Charles H. Wright Museum and Aretha’s Jazz Cafe.

African American tenor, trailblazer George Shirley reflects on his storied career

African American tenor, trailblazer George Shirley reflects on his storied career

As one of the first African American operatic performers, renowned tenor and trailblazer George Shirley’s contributions to the world of opera and music education have left an indelible mark on the industry. Shirley sat down for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with 90.9 WRCJ’s Cecelia Sharpe about his remarkable entry into the opera scene and his history as a music educator.

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