Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert, Jazz Heroes

The Jazz Journalists’ Association will give a Jazz Heroes Award to Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert in a ceremony at Bert’s Market Place on April 12.

Bjorn and Gallert have collaborated on a number of jazz history projects since the 1980s. In 2001 they published Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920–1960 (University of Michigan Press), and over the last decade they have spearheaded the Jazz Talk Tent at the annual Detroit Jazz Festival.

The RGB Trio with pianist Bill Meyer, bassist Ralphe Armstrong, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney play regularly for an open jam on Thursdays at Bert’s starting at 8:30. Bert’s is located in the Eastern Market area of Detroit, at 2727 Russell.

TOP: Jim Gallert, Lars Bjorn

photograph by Clyde Stringer