Detroit Ragtime History with Jon Milan

Hosted by Detroit Drunken Historical Society

Public group

This is a past event

77 people went

Price: $5.00
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Theodore Finney's Orch, (Under Direction of Fred Stone), circa 1900

Let's meet up at Vicente's Cuban Cuisine, located in the historic Jerome H. Remick and Company Building (, for Detroit's best cuban food, mojitos and a presentation by local Ragtime historian Jon Milan.

Between 1907 and 1912, the Remick company was one of the nation's leading publishers of ragtime music, such as “Dill Pickles Rag” and “Black and White Rag” with the help of composer Charles N. Daniels.

Jon will introduce us to the musicians, venues, and businessmen that helped Detroit play a historically significant role in the development of jazz and ragtime in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, while treating us to some tunes along the way.

Jon Milan is a Michigan-based musician and historian, specializing in popular idioms of 19th and 20th century American music. He is the author of Detroit: Ragtime and the Jazz Age, (Arcadia, 2009); and Old Chicago Road. (Arcadia, 2011). He frequently performs and lectures on musical history, particularly early jazz, and has been featured at Greenfield Village, The JCC of Metropolitan Detroit and various concert halls and other performing venues. One of the country’s foremost sheet music experts, Jon works with historical societies and has written for publications such as the Metro Times, the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau and Arcadia.

He and co-author Gail Offen, have recently completed Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan. Published by Arcadia, it is scheduled for release this November.

The $5 cover will go to support our speaker and venue.