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November 20, 2017

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Detroit based Mack Avenue Records was nominated Jazz Label of the Year for 2017 by Jazz Week magazine. They were in good company as other nominees included Blue Note, Smoke Sessions High Note/Savant among others. Photo above features Mack Avenue’s Chair, Gretchen Valade and CEO, Tom Robinson at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

 

 

The “Label of the Year” category recognizes the overall quality of releases, production values, and artist support for the year’s outstanding record label.

 

 

Mack Avenue Records was founded in 1998 by entrepreneur and cultural philanthropist Gretchen Carhartt Valade, chair of Carhartt and lifelong Jazz fan and musician.  She and Carhartt have also been generous sponsors of the Detroit Jazz Festival, which was saved by a $15 million donation from Ms. Valade in 2006.

 

 

Detroit has had no shortage of successful and/or historically significant record labels over the years including Motown, the Blues based labels Fortune Records, Big Star, and Joe Von Battle’s JVB records and countless others including Jack White’s new Third Man records.

 

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There are also specialty labels under the Mack Avenue umbrella. Detroit Music Factory promotes Detroit’s fervent music scene with local artists such as Gayelynn McKinney with her acclaimed “McKinfolk” project, a tribute to her musical family. The label’s slogan is “Bringing Detroit Jazz to a World of New Fans”. Other major Detroit talent signed to the label includes Ralph Armstrong, Scott Gwinnell, Charles Boles, R.J. Spangler’s Planet D Nonet, Gary Schunk, Sean Dobbins, and De’Sean Jones.

 

 

The highly celebrated Mack Avenue label is committed to showcasing a diverse roster of Jazz and related styles performed by veteran artists and newer emerging artists as well. These include legendary, world-renowned, artists such as Oscar Peterson, Gary Burton, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Garrett, the Count Basie Orchestra, Gerald Wilson, Danilo Perez, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Rodney Whitaker and others.

 

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Grammy Award winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant

 

 

The label is equally dedicated to promoting newer artists creating new sounds in the idiom and who are receiving international recognition for keeping the Jazz idiom fresh and current. These include Cameron Graves, Julian Lage, Nels Cline, Dave Bennett, and Cyrille Aimee, and many others.

 

 

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A list of current new releases from the Mack Avenue family includes such albums as:

 

Cecile McLorin Salvant / “Dreams and Daggers”

Cameron Graves / “Planetary Prince”

Christian McBride / “Big Band Bringin’ It”

 

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John Beasley/ “Monk’Estra, Vol. 2”

Dave Bennett / “Blood Moon”

 

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Guitarist/Composer Julian Lage

 

Julian Lage / “Modern Lore” ( scheduled for release in February 2018)

 

For more information on Mack Avenue artists and new releases go to MackAvenueRecords.com

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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November 13, 2017

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Jazz Notes’s on-going centennial series celebrates the 100th birthday of some of the most significant musicians and style makers in Jazz. It was approximately 100 years ago that Jazz was starting to come into its own with new artists being born who went on to make their mark on the Jazz idiom. Earlier this year we paid tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk who were all born in 1917.

 

 

This week we honor the many talents of trumpeter, composer, style-maker, and bandleader, John Birks Gillespie, otherwise known as Dizzy Gillespie, (October 21, 1917- January 6, 1993). I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Dizzy twice during my years on Detroit Public Radio.

 

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Mr. Gillespie’s contributions were numerous. He is not only known as one of the greatest Jazz trumpeters of all time, he is also credited with being a progenitor of modern Jazz. This includes being one of the creators of Bebop and Latin Jazz – two very popular and influential subgenres that are still defining the Jazz sound to this day.

 

 

Dizzy ushered in the modern Jazz era the sounds of Bebop in the 1940’s with the likes of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Kenny Clarke and others. The style was very sophisticated “art music” that encouraged musicians to play outside the mainstream by using non-traditional rhythmic and harmonic elements – considered avant-garde in nature.

 

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Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Gerald Wilson at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival

 

 

Bebop was very challenging to play with its breakneck tempos and chord progressions pushing artists into virtuosic territory. Bebop was designed for improvisation and Gillespie was considered one of the best improvisers in Jazz. He embodied the bebop style not only in his intricate improvisations on trumpet and as an amazing scat singer but also in his personal style that included his signature beret and horn-rimmed glasses.

 

 

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Dizzy is also recognized as playing a major role in the founding and development of Latin or Afro-Cuban Jazz in the late 1940’s. This new movement infused traditional Afro-Cuban musical elements such as rhythms and instrumentation into Jazz, including Bebop. Dizzy met Cuban-Jazz percussionist Chano Pozo in 1947 through trumpeter Mario Bauza.

 

 

Pozo soon became the conga player in Dizzy’s band bringing authenticity to the new Afro-Cuban Jazz sounds that were becoming very popular.  As a bandleader and mentor Dizzy Gillespie nurtured musicians who were attracted to Bebop and Afro-Cuban Jazz, but needed direction and playing opportunities.

 

 

Dizzy Gillespie was a great teacher and had a major influence on the careers of other musicians who he took under his wing. This was a common trait of band leaders who took their jobs seriously. They led the band in more ways that just conducting. Dizzy is also known for writing charts that are have become standard arrangements still being used by bands all over the world.

 

 

Artists he mentored and influenced include some of Jazz’s most admired musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Arturo Sandoval and countless others including major contemporary artists such as Danilo Perez, Chucho Valdez, Roy Hargrove and David Sanchez.

 

 

 

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Dizzy Gillespie and His Big Band featuring Chano Pozo 1947

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2, 2017

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The Detroit Festival Allstars, Rising Stars and Detroit Legends performing in Japan this fall.

 

L-R: Michael Malis, Chris Collins, Marion Hayden, Rafael Statin, Vincent Chandler, and David Taylor

 

 

 

The highly acclaimed Detroit Jazz Festival All-Stars, Rising Stars and Detroit Legends have a new multi-generational lineup of artists who will be making their debut Nov. 8-11 at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.  They’re all warmed up as they’re coming off their recent performances in Japan at the Yokohama Jazz Festival and several club dates there as well.

 

 

 

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Led by woodwinds player/composer Chris Collins, who’s also President and Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, the band now consists of such impressive Detroit artists as Rafael Statin, powerful saxophonist/multi-woodwinds playing throughout the world, Vincent Chandler, a dynamic, in-demand player on trombone, Michael Malis, talented composer and pianist, Marion Hayden, internationally renowned Detroit Jazz bassist, and David Taylor, prolific and multi-talented Detroit artist on drums.

 

 

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These artists are no strangers to the Detroit Jazz community as they represent a diverse blend of generations, musical backgrounds and styles. This mix of legendary Detroit luminaries and rising stars will be on stage performing original works reflecting the mentor-disciple relationships that are an integral part the Detroit Jazz Festival’s tradition.

 

 

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Each October, as part of an ongoing cultural exchange, the Detroit Jazz Festival assembles an all-star ensemble to perform Detroit based Jazz at the Yokohama Jazz Festival and at various Jazz clubs in Japan.  This cultural exchange brings musicians together from both countries.

 

 

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While in Japan, Chris Collins, who also directs the Jazz Studies program at Wayne State University, selects a Japanese Jazz ensemble from the finalists of the Grand Prix of Yokohama Jazz Competition to travel to Detroit the following year and perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

 

 

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In 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival’s audience will experience the traditional swing style of Grand Prix winners: The Asaba Trio. Yokohama is one of Japan’s most important Jazz cities and its Jazz Promenade is one of the country’s largest Jazz festivals. Sound familiar? The city of Detroit and our Jazz Festival share the same reputation!

 

 

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Check out the newest band line-up in the Detroit Jazz Festival Allstars, Rising Stars and Detroit Legends as they make their homecoming debut at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe this coming week on November 8-11.  For information and reservations go to DirtyDogJazz.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 27, 2017

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Jazz Notes Goes Halloween for 2017

 

Jazz-up your Halloween with our “Jazz Notes” Halloween-themed playlist full of rare “other-worldly” sounds from some of the top names in Jazz from Miles Davis to Albert Ayler!

 

Here’s Ella Fitzgerald’s rare gem on You Tube of  “Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer” from the 1951 Decca release “The Hot Canary”.

 

 

 

“Old Devil Moon”: Sonny Rollins, Night at the Village Vanguard, 1957

 

“Frankenstein”, Jackie McLean, One Step Beyond, 1964

 

“Skeleton in the Closet”, Louis Armstrong, from the film Pennies from Heaven, 1936

 

 

 

“Thriller”, Lester Bowie, Twilight Dreams, 1987

 

“Stalking Monster”, Duke Ellington, Night Creature 1963

 

“Ghost of a Chance”, Lennie Tristano, Original Jazz Sound, 1947

 

“Ghost of Smokey Joe”, Cab Calloway, 1939

 

“It Sounds Like It’s Coming from Somewhere Else”, Albert Ayler, Spirits, 1964

 

“‘Round Midnight”, Miles Davis, Round About Midnight (album) 1957

 

 

 

Miles Davis Quintet featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Recorded at Berlin, West Germany, on November 4, 1967. Listen for the unbelievable improvisation on this version of the Thelonious Monk classic…performed by a group of masters, no less.

 

 

“There are Other Worlds They Have Not Told You Of”,  Sun Ra, Languidity, 1978

 

 

 

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 26, 2017

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The band Straight Ahead returns to the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe for four nights: Wednesday October 25 through Saturday October 28th.

 

 

One of Detroit’s favorite ensembles, Straight Ahead, has been around since 1989 with most of their original band members still intact with pianist Aleena Orr, bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Gayelynn McKinney. Their newest members include trumpeter Dwight Adams and Yancii on saxophone.

 

 

What has enabled this band to last nearly thirty years is that they’ve cultivated a loyal following due to a combination of their overall musical ability, their reputation and professional approach to the music. Currently they are at the top of their “game” and as individuals perform with some of the top musicians in the world.

 

 

Ms.McKinney is a member of Detroit’s highly respected McKinney music family and is the daughter of the late composer/pianist/cultural activist, Harold McKinney. She currently performs and tours regularly with Aretha Franklin and Ralphe Armstrong.

 

 

A recipient of the prestigious Kresge fellowship grant in 2016, Marion Hayden performs with a variety of artists both locally and internationally. These include Steve Turre, James Carter, and many more. Early in her career she was mentored by such Detroit stalwarts as Roy Brooks, Donald Walden and others. She is also on the music faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music.

 

 

Powerful pianist Aleena Orr has been playing consistently in Detroit and around the world for several decades and specializes in Jazz and Latin American music. Dwight Adams brings his various  talents to the group and does an excellent job fronting the band.

 

 

Straight Ahead made their international debut in 1989 when they opened for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreux-Switzerland Jazz Festival.

 

 

The following year they were signed to Atlantic records with their debut release “Look Straight Ahead” which made the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart “Top 20”. “Body and Soul” was next and in 1995 they released their third album “Dance Of the Forest Rain” which caught the attention of Branford Marsalis who said the group was “a monster outfit that truly swings”!

 

 

Since then, this Grammy nominated group has performed regularly in the United States, Central America, and Europe. They also recently performed a concert at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

 

 

For reservations and information contact the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe 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.

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October 21, 2017

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The band Straight Ahead returns to the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe for four nights: Wednesday October 25 through Saturday October 28th.

 

 

One of Detroit’s favorite ensembles, Straight Ahead, has been around since 1989 with most of their original band members still intact with pianist Aleena Orr, bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Gayelynn McKinney. Their newest members include vocalist Kymberli Wright and Yancy on saxophone.

 

 

What has enabled this band to last nearly thirty years is that they’ve cultivated a loyal following due to a combination of their overall musical ability, their reputation and professional approach to the music. Currently they are at the top of their “game” and as individuals perform with some of the top musicians in the world.

 

 

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Ms.McKinney is a member of Detroit’s highly respected McKinney music family and is the daughter of the late composer/pianist/cultural activist, Harold McKinney. She currently performs and tours regularly with Aretha Franklin and Ralphe Armstrong.

 

A recipient of the prestigious Kresge fellowship grant in 2016, Marion Hayden performs with a variety of artists both locally and internationally. These include Steve Turre, James Carter, and many more. Early in her career she was mentored by such Detroit stalwarts as Roy Brooks, Donald Walden and others. She is also on the music faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music.

 

Powerful pianist Aleena Orr has been playing consistently in Detroit and around the world for several decades and specializes in Jazz and Latin American music. Ms. Wright brings her various vocal talents to the group and does an excellent job fronting the band

 

The band members are well respected for their diverse talents such as compositional abilities, and virtuosos of their instruments. They are also one of the most successful and acclaimed all-women Jazz ensembles in the world. This has to be pointed out because all-female bands are still quite rare even in the 21st century with less than 10% of the world’s Jazz artists being women. Hopefully this will change especially with such great role models as those in Straight Ahead!

 

 

Making their their international debut in 1989, they opened for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreux-Switzerland Jazz Festival.

 

The following year they were signed to Atlantic records with their debut release “Look Straight Ahead” which made the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart “Top 20”. “Body and Soul” was next and in 1995 they released their third album “Dance Of the Forest Rain” which caught the attention of Branford Marsalis who said the group was “a monster outfit that truly swings”!

 

Since then, this Grammy nominated group has performed regularly in the United States, Central America, and Europe. They also recently performed a concert at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.,

 

For reservations and information contact the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 20, 2017

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The band Straight Ahead returns to the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe for four nights: Wednesday October 25 through Saturday October 28th.

 

 

One of Detroit’s favorite ensembles, Straight Ahead, has been around since 1989 with most of their original band members still intact including pianist Aleena Orr, bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Gayelynn McKinney. Their newest members include vocalist Kymberli Wright and Yancy on saxophone.

 

 

What has enabled this band to last nearly thirty years is that they’ve cultivated a loyal following due to a combination of their overall musical ability, their reputation and professional approach to the music. Currently they are at the top of their “game” and as individuals perform with some of the top musicians in the world.

 

 

Ms.McKinney is a member of Detroit’s highly respected McKinney music family and is the daughter of the late composer/pianist/cultural activist, Harold McKinney. She currently performs and tours regularly with Aretha Franklin and Ralphe Armstrong.

 

 

A recipient of the prestigious Kresge fellowship grant in 2016, Marion Hayden performs with a variety of artists both locally and internationally. These include Steve Turre, James Carter, and many more. Early in her career she was mentored by such Detroit stalwarts as Roy Brooks, Donald Walden and others. She is also on the music faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music.

 

 

Powerful pianist Aleena Orr has been playing consistently in Detroit and around the world for several decades and specializes in Jazz and Latin American music. Ms. Wright brings her various vocal talents to the group and does an excellent job fronting the band.

 

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The band members are well respected for their diverse talents such as compositional abilities, and virtuosos of their instruments. They are also one of the most successful and acclaimed all-women Jazz ensembles in the world. This has to be pointed out because all-female bands are still quite rare even in the 21st century with less than 10% of the world’s Jazz artists being women. Hopefully this will change especially with such great role models as those in Straight Ahead!

 

 

Making  their international debut in 1989, they opened for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreux-Switzerland Jazz Festival.

 

 

The following year they were signed to Atlantic records with their debut release “Look Straight Ahead” which made the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart “Top 20”. “Body and Soul” was next and in 1995 they released their third album “Dance Of the Forest Rain” which caught the attention of Branford Marsalis who said the group was “a monster outfit that truly swings”!

 

 

Since then, this Grammy nominated group has performed regularly in the United States, Central America, and Europe. They also recently performed a concert at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

 

 

For reservations and information contact the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe 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.

 

 

 

 

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October 13, 2017

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Jazz Notes: Centennial Series: Thelonious Monk (October /10/1917-February 17/1982)

 

 

Lately, we are seeing more and more significant Jazz artists reach centennial status in 2017 as they were born in 1917. Although they are no longer with us, “Jazz Notes” takes this opportunity to shine a spotlight on their contributions to Jazz, one of the most popular and influential music genres in human history.

 

 

 

Pianist, composer Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917- February 17, 1982) is considered one of visionaries responsible for ushering in Bebop and the “modern Jazz” movement in the middle of the 20th century. Other significant musicians during that period included Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Coming out the big band swing era that dominated the Jazz scene from the late 1920’s to the 1940’s they took Jazz in strikingly new directions – altering melodic structure, rhythmic design and new styles of improvisation.

 

 

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“Jazz is my adventure. I’m after new chords, new ways of syncopating, new figures, new runs. How to use notes differently. That’s it. Just using notes differently.”

 

 

Monk was one of the most eccentric musicians in Jazz.  He was also confident about the new sounds he was developing for the idiom and was not swayed by some of the negative reactions he received. These were balanced by many more favorable reviews by new fans of his amazing compositions and playing style.

 

 

“Well, I always did want to play the piano — the first piano I saw, I tried to play it,” Monk said on a 1963 public television broadcast. “I learned how to read before I took lessons, you know, watching my sister practice her lessons over her shoulder.”

 

 

He was praised for being one of the most inventive pianists in Jazz with a sound all his own that was nearly impossible for others to recreate.  His eccentricities and original nature showed up in most other aspects of his life such as how he dressed, his creative use of language and his body language while playing.

 

 

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His music was both an ode to the past and a prelude to the modern Jazz era. This was evident in his style which contained elements of his years studying Classical piano in his youth to influences from his love the “stride” era of the 1920s-1940s and such innovators and piano virtuosos as Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, James P. Johnson and others.

 

 

 

As a modernist composer he played with atonal scales dissonant melodies and odd rhythmic structures that helped place Bebop improvisation and compositional form into the realm of the avant garde. He was also known to utilize complex and rapid chord progressions and percussive figures in abrupt staccato ways to accentuate compositional elements.

 

 

 

His unique contributions to Jazz enabled him to be respected by the top musicians and style makers of the modern era and collaborated with such artists as Art Blakey, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Donald Byrd, Charlie Rouse and fellow Jazz individualists.

 

 

 

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As a composer he was up there with Duke Ellington as one of the most “covered and recorded composers in Jazz” having written some of the most important standards of the Jazz repertoire. He and Duke are considered to be two of the 20th century’s greatest American composers.

 

 

The standards Monk wrote became one of his trademarks early on. Even his harshest critics could not deny the genius behind such melodies as “‘Round Midnight”, “Ruby My Dear”, “In Walked Bud”, “Straight No Chaser”, “Well You Needn’t” and many others that can still be heard daily on bandstands around the world to this day.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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October 6, 2017

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Tony Allen / The Source / Blue Note

 

This 76 year old drummer is best known for his work with Fela Kuti, the Nigerian saxophonist and political activist who along with Allen is considered the father of Afro-Beat music. This style blends traditional African modes and rhythms with modern Jazz, Rock and dance based music. This album is very special to Allen as it is a tribute to the masters – Jazz drummers such as Art Blakey and Max Roach, who he learned from early on while hearing their music on records and radio.

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John Beasley / Monk’estra Vol. 2 / Mack Avenue

 

Pianist, composer, arranger, John Beasley presents his second tribute to Thelonious Monk, born 100 years ago this October 10. His smart and original re-workings of Monk’s music captures the depth, playfulness and sophistication Monk put into his perfectly constructed, unique compositions that have become one of a kind standards in the repertoire.

 

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Bill Charlap Trio / Uptown Downtown / Impulse

 

Pianist Bill Charlap’s new album breathes new life into often played standards. His one of a kind, lush, inimitable style draws us closer to these time-tested tunes that have become true classics. Charlap is one of the best pianists in Jazz today as he shares his creative interpretations of these infectious melodies – showing off his very expressive and intuitive approach and deep knowledge of the music. His trio consists of Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

 

 

 

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Pamela Samiha Wise / A New Message from the Tribe / Tribe Records

 

Stunning Pianist/ composer, Pamela Wise is a Detroit original who’s been performing locally and nationally for decades. Her new album keeps the “Vibes” alive as she celebrates the legendary world famous Tribe band and brand that came to fruition in the 1970’s. The band reflected the powerful Detroit sound and echoed the politics and attitude of our Jazz scene from that period, created by such artists and composers as Kenny Cox, Phil Ranelin, Wendell Harrison, Charles Moore,  and others. Wise’s new album showcases many originals played by a multi-generational lineup of artists including Damon Warmack, Djallo Djakate , Mahindi Masai, Carla Cook, Wendell Harrison, Dwight Adams, Greg Freeman, and others. Ms. Wise strong pianistic talents shine throughout.

 

 

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Various Artists / The Passion of Charlie Parker / Impulse

An all-star band pays homage to one of the greatest players and style-makers in Jazz: Charlie Parker. They accompany some of today’s best Jazz vocalists such as Gregory Porter, Madeline Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Kurt Elling and other notables. Each one personalizes and interprets the songs Parker made famous incorporating everything from Neo and classic bebop, hip hop and more into their personalized renditions of the music that utilize both modern and traditional styles.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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September 29, 2017

 

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Jazz guitarist Russell Malone  /  Photo:Kuvo.org

 

The role of the guitar in Jazz has been very noteworthy. It parallels the evolution of Jazz in the 20th century – the time when Jazz carved out its new identity as an American musical art form.

 

 

Guitars were used in Jazz from the beginning due to their prior use in marching and military brass bands of the 19th century. As music began to evolve more rapidly during this period of modernism, Jazz in particular, and the role of the Jazz guitar paralleled this evolution.

 

In fact, both the guitar and the piano defined the so much of the music of the 20th century from Blues and Jazz to Rock, Folk, Country and more.   With the advent of amplified instruments, both guitar and piano took on a whole new sound and role in the development of above mentioned genres.

 

 

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Jazz Guitar Virtuoso, Charlie Christian / Photo: AllaboutJazz

 

In 1940, Charlie Christian, (July 29, 1916-March 2, 1942).  and his electrically amplified Gibson ES 50 allowed the guitar to be a solo instrument that could be heard alongside the saxophone and trumpet and the piano-bass-drums rhythm section. A virtuoso player, widely considered the “father” of the electric Jazz guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz.

 

He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra. His single-string technique, combined with amplification, helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument.

 

Today Jazz guitar is a established component of the Jazz repertoire. Some of Jazz’s most essential artists are or have been guitarists. These include not only Charlie Christian but Gypsy Jazz/Manouche guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, , Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Detroit’s own Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and many others including Russell Malone who returns to the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14. He’ll be with his quartet, which consists of Rick Germanson (piano), Luke Sellick (bass) and Brandon sanders (drums).

 

 

 

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Russell Malone on guitar with Ron Carter on bass at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Festival

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Malone is one of the most significant and well-rounded guitarists in Jazz today. He has a broad background in playing many subgenres in the idiom with various key Jazz style makers. This allowed him to develop an understanding of the basic structure of these styles that all come together in his approach to the music in general.

 

These include collaborations he has had with such influential artists as: Bluesman B.B. King, Jazz organ icon, Jimmy Smith, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins and many others. He’s also been prolific in the studio as a leader and a sideman with more than 15 albums recorded under his own name.

 

 

If you’re Jazz guitar fan, you won’t want to miss Russell Malone and his quartet, October 13-14 at the Dirty Dog. For reservations and information 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.

 

 

 

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The Dirty Dog brings together the musicians and guests in a way that creates a lasting impression and desire to come back.
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Each week the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe hosts live performances from the greatest jazz musicians across the country.
Alvin Waddles
STARTS: Wed, November 22 2017
ENDS: Sat, November 25 2017
Closed on Thanksgiving Day
STARTS: Thu, November 23 2017
ENDS: Thu, November 23 2017
Rayse Biggs
STARTS: Wed, November 29 2017
ENDS: Sat, December 02 2017
Aguanko
STARTS: Wed, December 06 2017
ENDS: Sat, December 09 2017
Gene Dunlap
STARTS: Wed, December 13 2017
ENDS: Sat, December 16 2017