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February 7, 2019


The award-winning Detroit-based label Mack Avenue records has a world-wide reputation for courting major artists and up and coming talent which is evident with these two musicians.


Artist/Group/ Album / Label


Joey DeFrancesco / In the Key of the Universe /Mack Avenue Records

Julian Lage/ Love Hurts / Mack Avenue







Grammy award winning Julian Lage is considered one of the most virtuosic guitarists and composers in contemporary Jazz. He shares his fascination with various current and historical American musical traditions from Jazz and Blues to Folk, and Bluegrass – all played within an approach that includes creative aspects of improvisational/ musical free association. He does this with amazing technique and an original style.



Julian Lage plays a mix of originals plus a diverse mix of music by Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Roy Orbison and others.This third album from Lage on Mack Avenue features his trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King known for his work with the Bad Plus.



Release date world-wide is Feb. 22.



Joey DeFrancesco is at the top of the list of favorites for fans of organ Jazz.

This veteran player’s music is categorized as Jazz just as Julien Lage’s is, but their styles couldn’t be more different which shows us how broad the Jazz umbrella is to hold such a diverse musical platform that encompasses so many styles and periods. In this album, Joey shows us his spiritual side.



Joey DeFrancesco’s new album is called “In The Key of the Universe” and reflects the artist’s respect for the contributions of the early leaders of the free Jazz movement of the 1950’s-1970’s led by people such as Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and many others.



Joey and the band even cover the free Jazz anthem, “The Creator Has a Master Plan”, composed by Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas. On top of that he selected saxophonist/vocalist Pharoah Sanders to be in the band along with other other top artists including Billy Hart, drums, Sammy Figueroa on percussion and Troy Roberts on saxophone and bass. It’s an allstar lineup to say the least. The official release date is March 1, 2019.



Organ Jazz fans take note that the Dirty Dog presents organist Gerard Gibbs Feb. 27-March 2. Gibbs plays piano, Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards for saxophonist James Carter and tours with him both nationally and internationally. He also leads his own keyboard Jazz quartet and Hammond organ Jazz trio.



Gibbs did such a great job pleasing the crowd at the Dirty Dog last fall they’ve invited him back again.


For more information contact the Dirty Dog Jazz cafe at 313-882-5299 or go to their website,



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 (NPR), where she was Director of Programming and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.


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