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October 29, 2018




Perhaps you’re already familiar with LA based, visionary pianist and composer, Cameron Graves, and  saw his performance at the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival. Or maybe you’re a fan of saxophonist Kamasi Washington and heard Mr. Graves on his award-winning 3-disc debut album “The Epic”. Or maybe this is the first you’ve heard about Cameron Graves, who seems to be getting a lot of attention in many contemporary Jazz circles these days.



He’s one of the leaders of the thriving Los Angeles Jazz scene and is a founding member of the West Coast Get Down Collective, which supports a new “brand” of multi-faceted, progressive Jazz from such artists as saxophonist Kamasi Washington, bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and others. In 2017 he signed with Detroit’s own Mack Avenue records, a label with a reputation for supporting new and emerging styles, trends and artists in Jazz.





Graves’  dynamic first album as a leader, Planetary Prince (Mack Avenue), made it to my list of top recordings of 2017, and is full of original music that explores cutting edge arrangements, rhythmic patterns, and melodic structure, creatively utilizing the full capacity of the piano as a harmonic, melodic and percussive instrument. His music is so relevant and current that it is luring a new generation of Jazz fans who are  being drawn to the idiom for the first time.



Here’s what Kamasi Washington wrote about his musical colleague, and friend Cameron Graves:





“Cameron Graves is a musical genius. He has an innovative approach to the piano
that is completely unique. Cameron’s album ‘Planetary Prince’ is an amazing and
almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves it’s own genre.

Cameron’s music has been inspiring me since I was thirteen years old and it still
does today! I’m so glad he’s sharing it with the world!” – Kamasi Washington



Kudos to the Dirty Dog for treating us to a 2-night stint with one of today’s most innovative artists in Jazz.


Come hear for yourself as the Dirty Dog Jazz Café presents Graves this Friday and Saturday night, November 2 and 3 for two hot 90-minute sets each night at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.


For reservations and information, 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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