Post Number: 24
|Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007 - 11:19 pm: || |
Does anyone have any information pertaining to the Zebra Room, or any photos to share? It seems like Detroit was filled with places like this at one time. Oh, for want of a time machine
Post Number: 506
|Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 8:44 am: || |
How about Club Mozambique, where I think more than one live album was recorded in the early seventies?
There was that jazz club where Berry Gordy's sisters worked, Etta James said that was the premiere club in Detroit in the late fifties when she played there, complete with a chaperone in concordance with local law...
Post Number: 775
|Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 10:12 am: || |
Ericto, it was the Flame Show Bar where Berry and his sisters worked. The Mozambique was a great spot too.
Bulletmagnet, can't find anything about the Zebra room. It may well have featured music - as you suggest, this was common at one time - but the Zebra room was not a significant jazz outlet. Probably had a pianist or organist, maybe even a trio.
Post Number: 28
|Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 7:41 pm: || |
Thanks for your interest Jimg and Erikto. Stay tuned for Extinct Detroit Jazz Clubs 3...
Post Number: 2119
|Posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 - 8:08 pm: || |
Some of these places may be fictitious.I believe there are some companies out there making t-shirts of made up Chicago and Detroit and probably other cities bars and nightclubs.JimG is really the foremost authority on Detroit jazz clubs.
I do think a thread either this one or the one about Gagens is cool_ that is a Detroit nightclub thread. The thing is back in the 40's- really thru the 70's live music was the norm. So although it might not necessarily had been a jazz club there were many rooms where jazz was played because that was the music of the time. One example would be the playboy club.In every city there was a playboy club there was most likely a piano trio.And the piano trios back then were heavily influenced by Oscar Petersen and Nat Cole........not jazz clubs per se but jazz was played there.
Anyhow I look forward to reading on this particular part of Detroit history.I do think it is wise to realize that every city had a nightclub tradition which has all but disapeared.
Post Number: 125
|Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 12:40 pm: || |
There is a great Lonnie Smith recording on Blue Note titled "Live at Club Mozambique" from 1970.
Post Number: 1331
|Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 3:24 pm: || |
Reopen the Phelps Lounge!!
Post Number: 541
|Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 3:43 pm: || |
Is that the same Watts Club Mozambique that advertised the Ladies Night stripper shows on channel 62?
Post Number: 778
|Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 6:30 pm: || |
Post Number: 20
|Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:47 am: || |
Anyone remember the Rapa House? It was on the Fisher Service drive off Woodward in an old house and opened after hours. It was a jam session for any musician that cared to come & play-it would start around 2-2:30 AM & they'd play until dawn.
Post Number: 26
|Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 11:23 am: || |
I'm told that Miles and Bird used to play at the Bluebird back in the day.
Post Number: 789
|Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 2:33 pm: || |
Miles lived in Det in 1953, worked at the 'Bird. And Bird himself sat in during a 1949 Det visit...probably sat in many other times.
But this was after Miles left Bird's band. Bird's Det engagements (at least advertised) did not include the BlueBird Inn.
RAPA House (Rodgers Academy of the Performing Arts) started by LaJune Rodgers, first Black woman booking agent, so I'm told. LaJune's sons Ernie, respected Det educator/saxophonist, and Virgil, educator/trumpeter, ran the sessions.
(Message edited by jimg on February 17, 2007)
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 4:35 pm: || |
Some might have heard that a new jazz club is being opening in Grosse Pointe Farms call the dirty dog. Detroit also home to a jazz label called Mack Avenue Records. Sponsor of the Jazz Fest. Gretchen Valade (Chairman of Carhartt) is the owner. Scheduled to open this summer.