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A Great Weekend at the Detroit International Jazzfest

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The American Music Research Foundation, better known as the AMRF, is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and documentation of American music and the artists who create it, paying particular attention to the blues and boogie woogie, jazz, R&B, stride and ragtime. Being non-profit means we're in it for the music. Nobody makes a dime off of our efforts except for the musicians, and we do our best to help them.

Watch a slideshow of images from the Detroit International Jazz Festival.  view slideshow

Our primary activity is production of the Annual Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival, now in its ninth year. We do professional video shoots of the performances and of extensive interviews with the artists, in which they tell their stories and talk about their music. This raw documentary footage is preserved in our archives and available to historians, film makers, and other interested parties. We are blessed to have documented such seminal artists as Jay McShann, Johnnie Johnson, Harold McKinney, Joe Hunter, Alberta Adams, Johnnie Bassett, and "Sir" Mack Rice, to name but a few among the well over 50 artists represented.

From the raw footage we produce nationally distributed programs for public television. "2003 Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival" and "Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival" have been aired over 300 times on over 140 stations around the country, accessible to over 124 million viewers.

Our newest program, "Gen2 Blues," will debut on Detroit Public Television Saturday September 29th at 7pm before being released nationally through WGVU-TV in Grand Rapdis. DVDs including over an hour of bonus material will be available for purchase at this year's festival.  

The 9th Annual Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Fesitival promises to be bigger and better than ever at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Detroit. On Friday night October 5th it's Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine, the Tommy Castro Band, Ruthie Foster, and Ana Popovic. On Saturday October 6 Marcia Ball headlines, with The Deanna Bogart Band, Leon Blue, Matt Wigler, and Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson. For more information follow this link. 

As a non-profit we are dependant upon the support of sponsors and members. We hope you will consider making a donation to the AMRF. Basic membership costs only $15, and all donations are tax deductable as allowable by law.



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