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June 16, 2017

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Concert Pianist, David Syme          Photo: SymePiano.com

 

 

 

Jazz Artists Honor Cass Tech with Benefit Concert

 

On Monday, June 19th, a special benefit concert will take place at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.  The Cass Tech Alumni Association presents internationally renowned concert pianist David Syme with special guests, bassist Ralphe Armstrong, drummer Skeeto Valdez, and pianist Stefan Kukuruga, all of whom are esteemed alumni of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School.

 

 

This special event is coordinated by Cass Tech alum and Jazz aficionado, Carolyn Wanzo. The $150 donation for admission to the concert also includes a several course dinner with all proceeds going to Cass Tech music projects. Donations are tax deductible.

 

 

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Virtuoso pianist David Syme, who lives in Ireland, has had an amazing career. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and in other major venues in more than 17 countries. He also attended Juilliard and Indiana University. He has recorded more than 20 albums with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic among others.

 

 

In 2016, Syme began making twice-yearly visits to Cass Tech. He visits the music students and works with them while encouraging their music aspirations and goals. He also helps raise money for their acclaimed music program there which points to the event this year at the Dirty Dog and also a new scholarship he has recently launched
in memory of his father, the Rabbi M. Robert Syme and David Syme Music Legacy Endowment at Wayne State University.

 

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Cass Tech’s Music Department is legendary and has had an amazing reputation for decades with an unprecedented   list of major Jazz artists who went to school there. The list includes such luminaries as Alice Coltrane, Diana Ross, Della Reese, Gerald Wilson, Regina Carter, Geri Allen, Ron Carter, Dorothy Ashby, Ali Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, Ester Gordy Edwards, Wardell Gray, J.C. Heard, Billy Mitchell, Al McKibbon and many others.

 

 

Historical/Background: Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Cass Technical High School, commonly referred to as Cass Tech, is a four-year university preparatory high school in Midtown Detroit. The school is named in honor of Lewis Cass, an American military officer and politician who served as governor of the Michigan Territory from 1813 until 1831. The school is a part of Detroit Public Schools. Until 1977, Cass was Detroit’s only magnet school and the only non-neighborhood enrollment school in Detroit.

 

 

The school was founded on the third floor of the old Cass Union School in 1907. Its historic landmark building on Second Avenue in downtown Detroit was built in 1917.[6] To the south of it an addition designed by Albert Kahn was built in 1985. The new, modern facilities of the school were built in 2004 in an adjacent lot to the north of the original building on Grand River Avenue.

 

 

The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is located at 97 Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Farms. Doors open at 6pm. For tickets and information contact Carolyn Wanzo at 313-418-2791 or the Dirty Dog at 313-882-5299.

 

 

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