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August 8, 2019

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Since its beginning, Jazz is constantly evolving as it keeps up with emerging trends in the genre, while staying rooted in it’s past. That’s how Jazz stays current while it attracts new fans and artists who represent younger generations that keep the music fresh and up to date.



A perfect example of this is with pianist Cameron Graves who is at the Dirty Dog this week and also at the Detroit Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend. I was lucky to hear him perform when he was at the Dirty Dog earlier this year.



A member of the cutting edge, Los Angeles collective, the “West Coast Get Down”. Graves style was described by his fellow “West Coast Get Down member”, Kamasi Washington, as an “almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music and mathematical death metal.”



Graves first record on Detroit’s own Mack Avenue Records, “Planetary Prince”, also serves as his pseudonym. Graves was a member of Jada Pinkett Smith’s band Wicked Wisdom and has performed and recorded with Stanley Clarke (Artist in Residence at the Detroit Festival this year), Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Dr. Dre and Miles Mosley.



On his second Mack Avenue album Cameron explains. … “I wanted to go back to my roots and do an old school R&B album…what I call a ‘Grown Folks’ record. You’ll hear many of the new compositions from his new album during his upcoming performances at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café and the Detroit Jazz Festival.



Pianist Cameron Graves

Pianist, Cameron Graves / Photo:



Special performances with Cameron Graves and the Detroit Jazz All-Stars are scheduled this week at the Dirty Dog. The Detroit Jazz All-stars includes Rob Pipho (piano/vibes), Chuck Newsome (guitar), Marion Hayden (Bass) , David Taylor (drums)  and Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation President Chris Collins (saxophone).



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WEDNESDAY  August 7: The band performs from 7pm-8:30pm


FRIDAY August 09: Band Performs from 6:30pm-7:30pm


SATURDAY: August 10: Band Performs from 6:30pm-7:30pm


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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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