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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.
September 3, 2019

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Pianist Gary Shunk / Photo by John Osler

 

 

After a Jazz filled 4-day weekend at the 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival,  we invite you to join us as live Jazz offerings continue at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café.

 

 

Longtime Detroit Jazz favorite, pianist, Gary Shunk, keeps the Jazz flowing Wednesday September 4 and Thursday, September 5. In fact, Gary Shunk has performed at every Detroit Jazz Festival since its inception in 1980!

 

 

With a long and successful music career, spanning more than forty years in mostly Jazz and Classical, Shunk is proficient in a number of styles. These include everything from Blues and Be-Bop to Soul, Fusion and electronic.

 

 

He is an excellent improvisor due to his Classical and Jazz music theory training and his excellent compositional talents. The late-Jazz trumpeter and performer, Marcus Belgrave said “Gary Shunk is probably one of the greatest pianists around because he can do it all”.

 

 

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Gary Shunk / Photo by John Osler

 

 

 

Over the years, Mr. Shunk has toured, played or recorded with a variety of top artists such as Kenny Burrell, The Temptations, George Clinton, and many others.

 

 

His latest album, Kayak, is on Detroit Music Factory records, which is a subsidiary of Mack Avenue records. It features bassist Ray Parker, and award-winning drummer  Peter Erskine.

 

 

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Jazz vocalist, Michelle Lordi

 

 

Gary is followed by Jazz vocal stylist Michelle Lordi, Friday Sept. 6 and Saturday Sept. 7 on the Dirty Dog stage. Musician, educator and composer, Ms.Lordi, is also a very diverse performer who sings a variety of Jazz styles infused with elements from various contemporary genres.

 

 

Her band consists of pianist Michael Jellick on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass and Michael Reed on drums.

 

 

Live Jazz continues this coming weekend and on a weekly basis at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café. For more information and reservations, call 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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