A Brief History of Jazz Music

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Jazz Music
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Odis Jones of Detroit oversees operations at MVP Capital Ventures as managing partner. In the course of his career as a public finance and development leader, he has managed over 30,000 public garages, parking lot spaces, and parking meters and been featured in numerous industry publications. In his free time, Odis Jones of Detroit enjoys listening to jazz music.

Jazz developed in New Orleans during the early 20th century, born from blues music and the celebratory spirit of New Orleans at the time. Before the genre was created, musicians in New Orleans filled the city streets with brass-band, blues, and ragtime tunes. Around the late 1800s, brass bands were the norm around New Orleans. Most bands played a mix of ragtime, blues, and traditional dance music–a unique combination that echoed the melting-pot nature of the city.

Over time, African American folk and slave songs paved the way for the creation of jazz, as existing bands began highlighting individuals who were extremely talented at making music. While the genre’s most important innovators were African American, the music brought together all ethnic groups. It adopted its rhythm, expression, and blues quality from traditional African music and got its harmony and instruments from European music. Unlike blues music, which was performed only by African American musicians, jazz was performed by all ethnic groups.

As it moved into the 1910s, jazz began taking off. Its often upbeat tunes encouraged listeners to dance, and it spread outside of New Orleans to such areas as Chicago and New York City. Despite its growing popularity, it wasn’t until the 1920s that musicians began identifying themselves as jazz musicians and the phrase “jazz music” came into common use.


International City Management Association Report on Public Libraries

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International City Management Association
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Odis Jones is an urban planning professional who most recently served as the CEO of the Public Lighting Authority in Detroit, Michigan. As a corollary to his work, Odis Jones belongs to the International City Management Association.

The International City Management Association strives to foster excellence in local governments around the world. Its members are government leaders and the professionals who advance local government and better cities of all sizes.

The Association recently released a study that reaffirms the importance of public libraries in cities. In one survey, citizens were asked to rank their library’s role in achieving important community goals. Respondents in this survey considered their library to be highly influential in many crucial areas, particularly regarding access to the Internet, early education, and digital literacy.

Approximately 53 percent of government stakeholders polled believe that their public libraries receive adequate funding. This figure rises when libraries have a governing relationship with their city, which tends to be more common in cities larger than 100,000 people.

The International City Management Association hopes to use this information to make better use of public libraries and to improve their potential to engage residents and strengthen local communities.

Three of Detroit’s Best Jazz Clubs

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Cliff Bell’s
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Odis Jones, a planning professional and urban developer, most recently served as the CEO of Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority. Outside of work, Odis Jones is a fan of jazz music, both in and outside of Detroit.

Motor City is home to many of the nation’s favorite jazz venues. Consider these popular choices next time you want to hear live jazz in a real club.

Cliff Bell’s is one of the best-loved jazz venues in all of Detroit. Featuring an art deco style that inspires nostalgia, it offers high-quality soul food and classic cocktails and has been voted “Best in the City” by several of Detroit’s leading publications.

Bakers Keyboard Lounge is the oldest operating jazz club in the world. It is known for classic soul food and nightly live music. Many of the greatest legends in jazz performed at Bakers Keyboard Lounge in their day.

The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe. Part English pub, part jazz club, the Dirty Dog features nightly live jazz and has hosted such performers as Freddie Cole, Perry Hughes, and the Four Freshmen.

ICMA Discusses How to Stay Safe in Winter Travel

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International City Management Association
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Odis Jones recently served as the CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit. In this position he managed day-to-day operations for the Detroit-based utility company. Outside of work, Odis Jones is involved with the International City Management Association (ICMA).

The ICMA works with local government organizations in order to aid the development and betterment of communities through improved city management. Both large cities and small towns are members of this organization, and all benefit as city managers learn how best to work with their residents and solve the common problems most cities face.

In December of 2016, the ICMA discussed several ways to increase public safety when severe snowstorms occur. The organization stated the number one way to keep people safe was to restrict travel as much as possible, in order to prevent individuals from becoming trapped on interstates and other roads. Another key concern that should be addressed in public service announcements is the safety of individuals who remain in their cars while the engine is running. This can be dangerous if the tailpipe is not clear or if the vehicle is parked within an enclosed space, such as a garage. Finally, those that do feel the need to venture out in a snow storm should be encouraged to pack clothing, food, and water in their car. In the event that they get stranded on the road, they will have access to these basic needs until help arrives.