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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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