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Opened in 2008, The Dirty Dog is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for world class Jazz and cuisine. It combines the charm of an English-style pub with intimacy and meticulous attention to detail and hospitality.
The Dirty Dog brings together the musicians and guests in a way that creates a lasting impression and desire to come back.
July 23, 2018

My weekly blog, “Jazz Notes”, has been going strong now for four years! It was back in 2014 that the Dirty Dog Jazz Café approached fellow-blogger, John Osler, and I to write about Jazz for their website.






Our local Jazz club in Grosse Pointe Farms, The Dirty Dog, just celebrated its tenth anniversary and has already achieved world-class status. Musicians who play there have spread the word on how dedicated the Dirty Dog is to presenting top Jazz artists, both local and international. They’re all about the music. The audience knows it and the musicians know it as well.



It’s such a thrill having the opportunity to write about Jazz each week – sharing my passion for the genre I’ve been studying and enjoying for most of my life. “Jazz Notes” aims to connect you to the style makers and leaders, both past and present, of Detroit’s, world renowned, ever fervent Jazz scene.



This is what has helped Detroit be known as one of the world’s great Jazz capitols, with musicians who have represented our city while taking the famous “Detroit Sound” on their musical travels and tours. These artists include such notables as brothers, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones and Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Kenny Garrett,  Aretha Franklin (who began her major recording career as a Jazz artist), Ralph Armstrong, James Carter, Alice Coltrane, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison and so many others. “Jazz Notes” puts us in touch with Detroit’s rich Jazz history on a regular basis.





Saxophonist and composer, Wendell Harrison



“Jazz Notes” tries to demystify the music and make it accessible to all who are drawn to it.
We write about its compositional styles and structure and about the musicians and what they bring to the stage with their individualistic creative improvisations and performance skills.



This past year has been so full of special moments, with “Jazz Notes” taking all of us deeper into the magic of Jazz by reflecting and sharing these special moments with you.



Some of these include “Jazz Notes” blog features on 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival Artist in Resident, Chick Corea, and his stunning performance at the Dirty Dog in April. Other blog highlights this year include album reviews of new releases from David McMurray, Gayelynn McKinney as well as Dirty Dog performances featuring the recent reunion of Straight Head and Esperanza Spalding with Terri Lyne Carrington, who are this year’s Resident Ensemble at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Their sets at the Dirty Dog also featured multi-talented pianist Ian Finkelstein.



Detroit pianist, Ian Finkelstein / photo by John Osler


Follow Jazz Notes on Facebook or on the Dirty Dog Jazz Café website, where our past blogs have been archived and available. Thanks again for your interest in the music.







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