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October 11, 2018


Pepper Adams at the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France, July 7, 1978



Born in Highland Park, Michigan, October 8, 1930, Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III was a Jazz baritone saxophonist and composer. A very prolific artist, he composed 42 pieces, was the leader on eighteen albums spanning 28 years, and participated in 600 sessions as a sideman.



It’s no wonder that he became a key figure of the fervent 1950’s Detroit Jazz scene before expanding his influence on a international level.



He started 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 other greats.



During lengthy and illustrious career he also played with all of the great musicians of the period including 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 the renowned trumpeter 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 as a sideman during their influential years when they were developing their famous sound.





Kenny Garrett / photo by BBC


Kenny Garrett was born in Detroit on October 9, 1960; he is a 1978 graduate of Mackenzie High School, which is known for having a great music department.  His father was a carpenter who played tenor saxophone as a hobby.



With a 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 and live performances.



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





Robert Hurst / Photo:


Born in Detroit on October 4, 1964, Bob Hurst has enjoyed a magnificent career for the past 3 decades, and is a highly respected composer, electric and acoustic bassist, educator, and recording artist.



He has been one of the most respected and sought-after bassists by a diverse list of significant musicians from around the world. These include Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Terrence Blanchard, 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.



Mr. Hurst, who has graced the Dirty Dog stage many times over the years, has performed on over 150 diverse and critically acclaimed recordings. A select group of these productions have garnered him performances yielding seven GRAMMY® Awards.




Yusef Lateef / Photo


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



Known primarily as saxophonist and flute player, he also played many other instruments including the oboe and bassoon and was also one of the first musicians to play an assortment of instruments from many cultures including the bamboo flute, shanai, and koto. This led to him incorporating styles into his music 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.”



In the 1950’s he attended Wayne State University, During that period and was a leading figure of the world famous Detroit Jazz scene. Uncomfortable with the term “Jazz” he 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.



The multi-talented Yusel 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.






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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