Former Detroit Free Press arts reporter and critic Mark Stryker is one of the city’s greatest authorities on homegrown jazz.
“You cannot tell the history of jazz in America without telling the history of jazz from Detroit.” — Mark Stryker, critic
In his 2019 book “Jazz From Detroit,” Stryker explores Detroit’s role in shaping the course of modern and contemporary jazz from the 1940s until the present day. The book also chronicles the indispensable contributions of dozens of musicians nurtured by the Motor City.
Listen: Hear the full interview with “Jazz From Detroit” author Mark Stryker.
“You cannot tell the history of jazz in America without telling the history of jazz from Detroit,” says Stryker. “This city has produced so many important, influential jazz musicians that the music would not be the same without Detroit.”
The 41st annual Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage is being broadcast of 101.9 WDET’s airwaves starting September 4th. So Stryker stopped by CultureShift to share three influential jazz tracks from Detroit musicians.