Southfield (CW50) – Every major city has a music scene filled with talented upcoming artists and iconic pillars. What makes Detroit’s music scene different and why is it considered to be something special for anyone who is discovering it for the first time?

American music journalist Gary Graff first discovered Detroit music in person in 1982 and covered the city’s music scene for the Oakland Press Macomb Daily Media News Group. When Graff first landed in Detroit, he already knew Detroit music, but experiencing it in person was a whole different world.

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“When you really land here and you’re on the ground, you learn a lot more about heritage and the importance of music to the fabric of the community here. “

Community Connect host Jackie Paige, with American music journalist Gary Graff

Graff joins Community Connect host Jackie Paige to talk about the uniqueness of Detroit music, as well as the Detroit Music Awards.

“Detroit music is everything. If you want world class rock ‘n’ roll it’s here, if you want world class jazz it’s here, gospel, rap, pop, country, you name the genre, it’s here.

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Graff also discussed the talent that exists in all areas, not just well-known names. Detroit is teeming with talented musicians in community orchestras, theaters and groups. Detroit is a city of music, not only in its roots, but in its present day.

“It’s as good as anything you could find anywhere else in the world. “

Detroit Music Awards promotional video (courtesy Detroit Music Awards)

Along with his work as a music journalist, Graff also founded the Detroit Music Awards. He explains how the awards are intended to celebrate the talented world-renowned artists who have come from Detroit, but also to recognize the city’s powerful bands, musicians and popular artists.

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To concern CONNECTED COMMUNITY, Saturday at 7 a.m. on CW50.