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December 18, 2019



Sean Dobbins Organ Quintette / Photo by



The Dirty Dog Jazz Café welcomes back Sean Dobbins with nine performances to close out the year. This includes special performances on New Year’s Eve., 12/31/19, with two seatings and a full four course dinner, champagne toast, party favors and complimentary valet. For reservations and information call 313-882-5299 or go to



Sean Dobbins is not only one of the most respected and revered drummers from Detroit’s current Jazz scene, he’s also one of the top Jazz educators in Michigan and is a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Oakland University and Wayne State University. He is also Artistic Director of Jazz Ensembles for the Detroit Symphony and is also the Executive Artistic Director of the South Eastern Music Academy.





Sean Dobbins / Photo by Dept. of Music at Wayne State University


Sean performs with his band “The Modern Jazz Messengers” (named after Art Blakey’s band which had a major influence on Dobbins) from Thursday, December 26 through Saturday, December 28th, and 31st.


The band members include:

Peyton Miller on Vibraphone

Cory Allen on Guitar

Gerard Gibbs on Organ (26th, 28th and 31st)

Jim Alfredson on Organ (27th only)


Dobbins has an international reputation as being a very powerful, dynamic, and passionate performer who ranks alongside other great drummers from Detroit who are also getting accolades world-wide. These include Nate Winn, Alex White, Djallo Djakate, Mahindi Masai, Gayelynn McKinney, Karriem Riggins and others.



Sean Dobbins lists artists such as Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Jeff “Tain Watts” as having a major influence on his playing. Over the years, Dobbins has been invited to perform with top Jazz artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, James “Blood” Ulmer, Cyrus Chestnut and many others.


Sean Dobbins / Photo by War



For more information on Dobbin’s performances at the Dirty Dog, call 313-882-5299 or go to





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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