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October 23, 2019




Diego Rivera (Photo/ Sara Pettinella)



Award-winning, Michigan born saxophonist Diego Rivera celebrates the success of his new CD, “Connections” at the Dirty Dog this coming week.



The new album on Posi-Tone records hit the Jazz Radio charts earning the highest debut for albums released during the week of September 16. Rivera will feature music from the album during his performances at The Dirty Dog, Wednesday October 30 through Saturday November 2.




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Diego Rivera’s new “Connections” album


Diego Rivera is a real favorite with audiences a the the Dirty Dog where he performs with many different bands including his own group, the Diego Rivera Quartet. This multi-talented saxophonist is also a composer, arranger and educator and has been playing professionally for more than two decades.



His music blends straight-ahead Jazz with sounds influenced by his Latin background and heritage. He is also an Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone at Michigan State where he is also an Associate Director of Jazz Studies.



Born in Ann Arbor to a Mexican-American family, Mr. Rivera is proud of his Latin heritage. His parents named him after the famous muralist, Diego Rivera, whose world-renowned work is displayed on the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts.



While at Michigan State, Diego studied with such notables as Branford Marsalis, Ron Blake and Detroit’s own Rodney Whitaker. He began his professional touring career with the great Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.



An avid composer and arranger, Rivera has written arrangements for various recordings, projects and artists most notably for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Motor City Jazz” concert, a tribute to the music and musicians of Detroit.



His many talents have allowed him to perform at prestigious festivals and concerts in various places around the world including Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as the United States.



Mr. Rivera’s performances at The Dirty Dog, are Wednesday October 30 through Saturday November 2.



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Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.


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October 17, 2019




This week we profile drummer Nate Winn who is one of Detroit’s most respected musicians, frequently in demand to play with various Jazz ensembles both here at home and elsewhere around the world. He is also a member of the Detroit Jazz Festival Allstars, a group directed by Wayne State University Jazz Director, Chris Collins, that will be at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café October 23-26.



You’ll hear him playing alongside other highly respected, award-winning Detroit All-Stars such as bassist Marion Hayden, guitarist Chuck Newsome, saxophonist Chris Collins and pianist Rob Pipho,  who also plays vibes.




Drummer Nate Winn / Photo: Sonic



A dedicated musician, Nathaniel Winn discovered his love for the drums at the age of 4… a love that continues to inspire him to this day. Nate has had the pleasure to work with many world- renowned musicians such as pianist Danilo Perez, bassist Robert Hurst (also from Detroit), Pat Metheny and Joshua Redman.  Nate’s multi-faceted, unique style has given him the opportunity appear on numerous, major label albums.



His playing is not only influenced by a multitude of styles he grew up with including Jazz, Blues and Gospel but from of his favorite drummers as well.  These include Brian Blade, Kendrick Scott, and Calvin Rodgers, among others.



Nate graduated from Wayne State University and the highly respected Berklee College of Music,  with a Bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in Jazz performance. Currently, he spends time traveling the world to spread the message of love and hope through music.



Nate and the other award-winning “All-stars” wear many hats as most are performers and soloists, college educators,

composers, band leaders and much more.




The amazing bassist Marion Hayden has played with everyone

from Dizzy Gillespie to Kenny Burrell and James Carter.  She’s

currently on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Music



Chuck Newsome

Guitarist Chuck Newsome, is on the faculty of Wayne State University’s School of Music



Later this month the “All-Stars” wlll be serving as ambassadors of Detroit culture as they perform in Japan at the Tottori Jazz Festival and other Jazz clubs. This was through an invitation from the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation which, like Jazz itself, is a global entity. The foundation provides needed financial support for special engagements, and performances that embrace and promote the sounds and many facets of Detroit Jazz.



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Chris Collins, saxophonist and director of Wayne State’s Jazz department and the Detroit Jazz Fest All-Stars




Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.






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October 10, 2019


Robert Hurst



Born in Detroit on October 4, 1964, Hurst has enjoyed a exemplary career for the past 30 years, and is a highly respected composer, electric and acoustic bassist, educator, and recording artist.


He has been one of the most sought-after bassists by talented musicians from around the world, including as Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, the legendary Pharaoh Sanders, Barbara Streisand, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Ravi Coltrane, and others. He was also a member of The Tonight Show Band.



Robert Hurst currently serves as Associate Professor of Music, with Tenure, and the Director of Small Jazz Ensembles in the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan’s School of Music.



Robert Hurst has performed on over 150 diverse and critically acclaimed recordings. A select group of these productions have garnered him performances yielding seven GRAMMY® Awards.

He is also a major recording artist having recorded more than seven albums as a leader and 80 as a sideman.





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Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; (October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was a Jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and prominent member of the Ahmadiyva Muslim Community following his conversion to Islam in 1950, becoming one of the first Jazz artists to do so.



Although his main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played the oboe and bassoon, which was quite out of the ordinary for Jazz artists to play. He was also one of the first musicians to play an assortment of instruments from many cultures including the bamboo flute, shanai, and koto. He also blended styles such as fusing Jazz with Middle Eastern and Asian music. Peter Keepnews of the New York Times wrote that Lateef “played world music before world music had a name.”



Mr. Lateef wrote several books including a collection of short stories and a novella. He also wrote his autobiography The Gentle Giant, written in collaboration with award-winning Detroit writer, Herb Boyd.




Photo / Atlantic Records



He attended Wayne State University in the 1950s. During that period, he was a leading figure of the famous Detroit Jazz scene although he was uncomfortable with the term “Jazz” and coined the word “autophysiopsychic” to describe music that comes from the physical, mental and spiritual self. The National Endowment for the Arts made him an American Jazz Master in 2010.



Excerpts: From his website:

Yusef Lateef introduced delightful new sounds and blends of tone colors to audiences all over the world, and he incorporated the sounds of many countries into his own music.

As a result, he is considered a pioneer in what is known today as “world music.”

As a composer, Yusef Lateef compiled a catalogue of works not only for the quartets and quintets he led, but for symphony and chamber orchestras, stage bands, small ensembles, vocalists, choruses, and various solo instrumental compositions.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.

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October 3, 2019

Detroit Jazz Birthdays for October, Part One

Pepper Adams and Kenny Garrett 


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 Pepper Adams, (Photo: Pinteres)


 Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III (October 8, 1930 – September 10, 1986)


“Pepper ” Adams was a Baritone Saxophonist and composer who was born in Highland Park, Mi. and was one of the leaders of the fervent 1950’s Detroit Jazz scene before expanding his influence on a national and international level.


He began playing piano at a very early age and soon went on to play tenor sax and clarinet. It wasn’t until he used his employee discount while working at Detroit’s Grinnell’s music store that he bought his first baritone sax, for which he is best known.


He was soon playing with Detroit’s legendary Lucky Thompson and his band and began meeting other notables from that era, who would become future musical collaborators such as Donald Byrd.  During that period he also became Music Director of Detroit’s famed Blue Bird Inn where he played with Thad Jones and big names.


During the course of his career he also played with such notables as  Kenny Burrell, Kenny Clarke, Curtis Fuller, Chet Baker and Quincy Jones.  He played with John Coltrane in New York and on the album “Dakar”, and with Lee Morgan on “The Cooker” as well.


In the 1960’s Pepper Adams continued to work with the top musicians of the idiom including Charles Mingus, Marcus Belgrave, Thelonius Monk, Lionel Hampton. He also worked for Motown records during the label’s formative years.




Kenny Garrett / courtesy All About


 Kenny Garrett was born in Detroit on October 9, 1960 and was a 1978 graduate of Mackenzie High School. His father was a carpenter who played tenor saxophone as a hobby.


Over the course of his career that has spanned more than 30 years, Kenny Garrett is one of the most important alto saxophonists in contemporary Jazz.  Having played early on with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) followed by time spent with musicians and influential style makers as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has continued to bring his truly distinctive “voice” to each musical situation. He is also a gifted composer and writes and arranges most of the music on his recordings


During his career, Garrett has performed and recorded with many other Jazz greats such as a life changing five-year period with Miles Davis in addition to time spent with legendary artists who help shape the direction of modern Jazz including, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones and many others.


Kenny talks about playing with Miles Davis…


“ I was in Miles’ band for about five years. I think that tag will always be there. That is five years of my life. That’s the only musical situation that I was there longer than a year. It was a good five years. I have gotten used to that. Some people became aware of me through Miles and then they would come to my concerts. I think that is part of my history and I am proud of that.


” I am still trying to carve out my own name and my own music. I just look at it as a part of history and it is going to be there.


Every time they mention Kenny Garrett, there will probably be some association with Miles Davis, but at the same time, when they mention Herbie Hancock, they always mention Miles Davis, or Wayne Shorter. You get used to it after a while. ( ”




Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.







































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September 24, 2019

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Pianist Scott Gwinnell presents his Strayhorn Project this week at the Dirty Dog. Photo by John Osler



To coincide with his performances this week at the Dirty Dog we are doing a profile of Detroit pianist Scott Gwinnell. This multi-talented artist is not only a highly trained Jazz pianist, but also a composer, band leader, arranger, educator and much more.



The Dirty Dog Jazz Café prides itself as a Jazz club that showcases the best talent Detroit has to offer. In doing so, this venue keeps quality Jazz alive in our community.



Scott Gwinnell is a regular at the Dirty Dog who headlines there on an annual or semi-annual basis. He now has quite a following who come out to hear his renditions of standards and classics as well as many of his own compositions. His playing is flawless and can be hypnotic at times.



His expressive touch, “draws us in” as he creates interesting rhythmic figures with his left hand while playing, well-crafted, delicate melodic lines with his right. All in all he has complete creative control of the instrument which translates the musician’s emotions and musical ideas to the audience. He’s also a Jazz historian who’s latest work is his Scott Gwinnell Strayhorn Project.



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Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington / Photo:



The name of his current band reflects this and is called the Strayhorn Gwinnell Quintet in honor of the great Billy Strayhorn, lyricist, composer, pianist and arranger who was Duke Ellington’s musical partner for more than 30 years. Together they wrote some of the most significant Jazz standards in the history of Jazz, memorable songs such as “Take the A Train”, “Lush Life” and countless others.



Many of these Jazz masterpieces will be included in their sets at the Dirty Dog where they’ll be from Wednesday, September 25th through Saturday, September 28th. The band consists of some great local talent such as Emma Aboucasm, vocals, Janelle Reichman on tenor saxophone, Rob Bickley on bass, Pete Siers on drums, with Scott Gwinnell, arranging and on piano.



Great music, outstanding musicians and a perfect location. Don’t miss it!


For tickets and reservations call the Dirty Dog Jazz Café at 313-882-5299.




Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.





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September 18, 2019



An appreciative audience at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe  /  Photo by John Osler


Welcome to part six of our continuing series on the “art of listening to Jazz”.    Jazz is attracting new fans every day. It’s one of the few genres that keeps growing and  has stayed in “style”  for several decades,  since the late 19th century!



Listening to Jazz can be quite different than most other styles of music. The music is usually more complex. There’s so much to listen for and like other art forms, the more you understand its history, content and structure, the more there is to appreciate. On the other hand, all that really matters is if you like it or not – if it “inspires” you in some way, or you feel emotionally moved by it.



Over the years, many people have told me they’d like to listen to more Jazz but they don’t “understand it”.  Others said they feel awkward in live Jazz situations because they don’t know “how to act” or when to applaud a musicians’ solos.




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An attentive audience enjoying the music of  bassist Stanley Clarke  and his band at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

photo: Detroit News



As we listen to Jazz it’s helpful to listen carefully to its compositional elements such as its complex harmonies, intricate rhythms, creative arrangements and other elements. And, we also become aware of its spontaneous nature, and use of improvisation by skilled musicians, which is why Jazz is so exciting, especially when performed live.



This is because live Jazz really encourages the audience to be attentive and concentrate on what they’re hearing to fully appreciate what’s being created in the moment. It’s the spontaneity that keeps Jazz fresh and why no two performances of the same piece are alike.



Although Jazz is very “free” and encourages individual interpretation, the music for the most part is built upon the following basic structure. Most pieces start with an introduction, followed by the theme or “head”. Then each musician will take turns with their solos, reinterpreting the melody, harmonies and rhythms of the theme.



Sometimes just the “melodic” instruments, such as the saxophone, trumpet, flute, etc., will solo. Other times they’ll include the rhythm section, comprised of the piano/keyboards, bass and drums/percussion. After this “developmental” section of solos, the theme or “head” returns to close out the piece.



Saxophonist Diego Rivera and bassist Rodney Whitaker trading solos at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe. Mr. Rivera is performing with his group at the Dirty Dog October 30-November 2. For more information go to the website or call 313-882-5299.






Photo by John Osler



It is in the solos where we hear the most significant artistry in Jazz and that is the use of improvisation. No two solos are identical because the musicians are composing “on the spot”, usually staying true to and playing off of the basic melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structure of the piece.



This is why it’s important to be an attentive listener. If not, you miss the true essence of the music. This is also why there is a certain code of listening behavior with live Jazz.



As we mentioned earlier, listeners show appreciation and feel free to applaud after each solo within the piece itself. They generally keep their conversations to a minimum out of respect for other audience members and for the musicians themselves who are spontaneously playing, composing and communicating with each other and with the audience.



Musicians have often said how much they love playing at the Dirty Dog. They say it’s because it’s “all about the music”. It respects the art of listening to Jazz by creating the perfect listening environment. Listeners keep their conversations to a minimum much like they would in a Classical music setting. It’s all about concentrating on the music itself, while appreciating the art of the performance.




Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.






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September 11, 2019



Bassist Paul Keller / Photo:




This week, our Jazz Notes blog presents a Detroit Jazz Profile of multi-award winning bassist Paul Keller. Mr. Keller is one of he most prominent and in-demand bassists in South Eastern Michigan and beyond. You’ll be able to hear him in person this week at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café as he performs with his band, Wednesday, September 11 through Saturday, September 14.



His skills are very diverse, allowing him to provide the perfect accompaniment for any performance. Whether it’s an intimate Jazz Trio or a large big band, such as the 15-piece Paul Keller orchestra,  Keller knows exacting what to do.



I first met Paul when he was performing with the late pianist and composer, Bess Bonnier, who I studied piano with many years ago. She told me a lot about him and what a great musician he was, etc. Since then I have heard Paul play many times at the Dirty Dog and elsewhere, and have always been impressed.




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Besides being a true master of the bass, Paul Keller is a well-rounded musician who is well-respected as a composer, band leader, arranger, educator, and much more. He is known for his arrangements and renditions of pieces from the Great American Song Book as well as Jazz from all of its many eras.



His lengthy career has afforded him many wonderful opportunities as an artist. This includes being invited to play not only with prestigious groups here in Michigan but all over the world. As you may remember from our recent “Jazz Notes” series on a the Jazz bass, Detroit is known  world-wide for its great bassists. And, Paul Keller is one of our very best. Judge for yourself and make a reservation to catch one of his sets this week at the Dirty Dog.



For tickets and information call the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe at  313-882-5299.


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September 3, 2019



Pianist Gary Shunk / Photo by John Osler



After a Jazz filled 4-day weekend at the 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival,  we invite you to join us as live Jazz offerings continue at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café.



Longtime Detroit Jazz favorite, pianist, Gary Shunk, keeps the Jazz flowing Wednesday September 4 and Thursday, September 5. In fact, Gary Shunk has performed at every Detroit Jazz Festival since its inception in 1980!



With a long and successful music career, spanning more than forty years in mostly Jazz and Classical, Shunk is proficient in a number of styles. These include everything from Blues and Be-Bop to Soul, Fusion and electronic.



He is an excellent improvisor due to his Classical and Jazz music theory training and his excellent compositional talents. The late-Jazz trumpeter and performer, Marcus Belgrave said “Gary Shunk is probably one of the greatest pianists around because he can do it all”.




Gary Shunk / Photo by John Osler




Over the years, Mr. Shunk has toured, played or recorded with a variety of top artists such as Kenny Burrell, The Temptations, George Clinton, and many others.



His latest album, Kayak, is on Detroit Music Factory records, which is a subsidiary of Mack Avenue records. It features bassist Ray Parker, and award-winning drummer  Peter Erskine.




Jazz vocalist, Michelle Lordi



Gary is followed by Jazz vocal stylist Michelle Lordi, Friday Sept. 6 and Saturday Sept. 7 on the Dirty Dog stage. Musician, educator and composer, Ms.Lordi, is also a very diverse performer who sings a variety of Jazz styles infused with elements from various contemporary genres.



Her band consists of pianist Michael Jellick on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass and Michael Reed on drums.



Live Jazz continues this coming weekend and on a weekly basis at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café. For more information and reservations, call 313-882-5299.






Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.




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August 28, 2019




Here’s our Jazz Notes list of some of the best performances to see and hear at this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival which is celebrating it’s 40 anniversary. There are so many  artists performing over the four days of the event it’s almost impossible to catch it all.


Our list of recommendations will help guide you  but please feel free to stroll around to the many festival stages and get a taste of all the  festival has to offer.


For a complete guide of stages and performers go to


The four-day festival runs from Friday, August 30 through Monday September 2, 2019.






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Here are some of my top picks, but don’t forget it’s all good so walk around and take it all in. If you’re still in need of some suggestions, check out my list below and ENJOY!





Stanley Clarke / 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist in Residence



Judy Adams’s Jazz Notes: the 40th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival: “Best of the Fest”:


Friday, August 30th

7:00–8:15pm Danilo Pérez’s Global Big Band featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra / Chase Main Stage



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Saturday, August 31:

3:45–5:00 p.m. The Soul Rebels 6:00–7:15 p.m., Chase Main Stage


Macy Gray, Chase Main Stage


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7:15–8:30 p.m. Ron Carter Quartet, Carhartt Amphitheater Stage


Sunday, September 1st:


6:00–7:15 p.m. (2019 Artist-in-Residence: Stanley Clarke), A night of jazz with The Stanley Clarke Band / Chase Main Stage


8:00–9:15 p.m. Dee Dee Bridgewater and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra , Chase Main Stage




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3:30 p.m.- 4:30p Pat Metheny & Ron Carter

5:15-6:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis

7:15-8:30p.m. Kenny Garrett Quintet


Kenny Garrett /Photo: at Porgy and Bess Jazz Club


9:15-10:30p Terence Blanchard – AB² – Art Blakey Project


Carhartt Amphitheater Stage


Monday, September 2nd

3:00–4:15 p.m. Pat Metheny Side-Eye w/ James Francies & Marcus Gilmore


Chase Main Stage


6:30–7:45 p.m. Chucho Valdés – Jazz Batá/ Chase Main Stage


7:00–8:15 p.m. 2019 Artist-in-Residence: Stanley Clarke, Boyz n the Hood – The Live Original featuring the Detroit Jazz Festival String Orchestra



Carhartt Main Stage





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August 23, 2019



Part 2: Regina Carter and Bennie Maupin.



Our Jazz Notes birthday profiles put us in touch with some of the most outstanding Jazz artists who are from Detroit, considered one of the most significant music cities in the world.




Regina Carter / Photo by Contemporary Jazz Lover 2,



Regina Carter is a world-renowned Jazz violinist born in Detroit, August 6, 1966. She has performed on the Dirty Dog stage with the band “Straight Ahead” .  Like many other prominent Detroit artists, she attended Cass Technical High School. As a teenager she played in the youth division of the Detroit Symphony and took master classes with world famous violinists Itzhak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin.



Ms. Carter was recently awarded the highly prestigious MacArthur Felllowship, which is considered a “genius” grant. Prior to that she studied Classical music at the New England Conservatory but later switched to Oakland University in Rochester, Mi. to study Jazz with the late trumpeter and educator Marcus Belgrave.



She went on to join the acclaimed all-female Jazz ensemble “Straight Ahead”. She soon moved to New York and began performing with such notables with Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton and Jazz greats Max Roach and Oliver Lake. Her album, “Southern Comfort” explores her family’s history through music.





Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald/ photo



Don’t miss Regina Carter with Xavier Davis at this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival’s “Rise Up Detroit” on September 1st. For more information go to




Bennie Maupin, multi-reedist


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Considered one of the most significant artists in contemporary Jazz. Bennie Maupin is known as a Jazz multi-reed player who plays a variety of reed instruments including various saxophones, flutes and clarinets. He was born in Detroit on August 29,1940, and made his mark as a major contributor to music known as fusion in the late 1960s and 1970s.



The fusion movement “infused” traditional Jazz with elements of rock, blues, funk, world music and other contemporary genres of the period. He is most noted for his work with Herbie Hancock in the 1970’s as a member of his “Headhunters” band as well as his participation in his “Mwandishi” sextet. Over the years he recorded more an thirteen albums with Herbie Hancock.



He also played on Miles Davis’s ground-breaking album “Bitches Brew” and several other albums with Miles which are considered some of the most important albums Miles made. These include such modern Jazz classics as Tribute to Jack Johnson, On the Corner, and Big Fun.



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Bennie Maupin on ECM records / Photo:



Other musicians he collaborated with include such luminaries as Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Woody Shaw and Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Henderson and many others.








One of my favorite Bennie Maupin recordings and one of his most respected albums is “Jewel in the Lotus” (ECM) from 1974.







Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.





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