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Panel Discussion: Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods: The Settings for Alice Randall's Black Bottom Saints
Jamon Jordan, Lars Bjorn, Jim Gallert
OLLI’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and OLLI Reads are co-hosting a free panel discussion related to Alice Randall’s appearance for OLLI Reads on February 8, 2021 featuring her book Black Bottom Saints. See: https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2216 

Panel Discussion: Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods: The Settings for Alice Randall's Black Bottom Saints

Monday, February 1, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Moderator: Craig Ramsay

Panelists:
Jamon Jordan, educator, historian and founder of Black Scroll Network & Tours in Detroit. See more at http://www.blackscrollnetwork.weebly.com 
 
Lars Bjorn, retired Professor of Sociology, U of M Dearborn; co-author of Before Motown: The History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-1960, which includes detailed coverage of many of the clubs and other venues, including The Flame Show Bar where Alice Randall's narrator, Ziggy Johnson, was master of ceremonies in the heyday of these neighborhoods; many of which are mentioned in Randall's book. Lars is also President of the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association.
 
Jim Gallert, co-author of Before Motown: The History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-1960, produced and hosted jazz programs on WEMU-FM and WDET-FM for over twenty-five years. See more at the website, http://www.detroitjazzhistory.com , where Jim and Lars Bjorn present a blog where articles are posted, along with other information about Detroit's jazz history. His vast collection of photographs on Detroit jazz and blues music appeared in Before Motown. Jim has also written biographies of several Detroit jazz musicians.

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