Sorry if I am a bit biased when it comes to local music territory, but I couldn’t let the month go by without acknowledging a Detroit based female musician, one who exuded musical excellence and helped pave the way for the genre.
I first learned of Ellariz Lucas Thompson while working with the Detroit Sound Conservancy on a project for the Graystone International Jazz Museum. Thompson was a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a popular all female jazz band during the 1930s and 1940s . Thompson played alto sax. She was also trained on flute, clarinet and violin. She was also a member of Eddie Durham’s All-star Girl Orchestra.
To learn more about Thompson, check out the video below of her discussing her life as a musician.
Video Courtesy of Detroit Sound Conservancy