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The Dirty Dog brings together the musicians and guests in a way that creates a lasting impression and desire to come back.
April 24, 2019






Drum legend from Pontiac, Mich. Elvin Jones / photo: UK



Detroit has had its share of legendary drummers, with a long list that covers many decades and includes such luminaries and style makers as Elvin Jones, Roy Brooks, Louis Hayes, J.C. Heard, Don Moye, Ali Jackson, Pheeroan akLaff, Frank Isola, Art Mardigan, Tani Tabbal and many others.



Some current Detroit drummers who are making their “mark” on an international scale include Nate Winn, Karriem Riggins, Gayelynn McKinney, Leonard King, Alex White, Djallo Djakate, Mahindi Masai, Renell Gonzalves, Jessie Kramer, Gerald Cleaver, and the multi-award winning Sean Dobbins who performs with his band, “The Modern Jazz Messengers” at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe Wednesday May 8th, through Saturday, May 11th.





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Sean Dobbins at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe



Dobbins lists the following drummers, among those who have had a major influence on his playing: these include Art Blakey, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Elvin Jones.



Detroit Music Factory recording artist, Sean Dobbins, is one of the most “sought after” drummers performing today. He’s performed with such Jazz notables as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Johnny O’Neal, Cyrus Chestnut, James “Blood” Ulmer, Benny Golson,and many others.



He’s also one of the top Jazz educators in this region and is on the faculties at the University of Michigan, Oakland University and Wayne State University. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Jazz Ensembles for the Detroit Symphony and is the Executive Artistic Director of the South Eastern Music Academy.



The Dirty Dog is also presenting other talented drummers in the coming weeks. These include Willie Jones III April 26 and 27th, and Jeff Canady, May 29-June 1.



For information and to make reservations for Sean Dobbins and other upcoming performances at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, call 313-882-5299 or go to





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained pianist, composer and musicologist.









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