The University Record, February 4, 2002

Bassist tunes go back before Motown

Bassist Will Austin and his band, the George Benson Quintet, played at The Bird of Paradise Jan. 29 as part of the MLK event ‘Jazz and Detroit: The City and its African-American Music Heritage.’ The evening’s lecturers, Lars Bjorn, U-M-Dearborn professor of sociology, and Jim Gallert, veteran jazz broadcaster, had previously interviewed Austin for their book, ‘Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit 1920-1960.’ The event was sponsored by the Institute for Social Research. For related story, click here. (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)