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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.
May 13, 2019




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This year the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known as Jazz Fest, is celebrating its 50th year of New Orleans culture, food and, of course, music.


The pianist Ellis Marsalis was part of the first New Orleans Jazz Fest.  This year his four well-known musician sons — Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason — joined him to perform his own compositions.


It’s a common fact that children growing up with professional, or even self-taught musicians in the house, often become musicians themselves. Growing up in a musical household gives family members an advantage with their continuous exposure to the music and provides a regular source of shared musical enjoyment.


The Marsalis’s are one of today’s most well-known musical families. Led by their father and mentor, pianist/educator, Ellis Marsalis, the famous brothers, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, Jason, Ellis III and Mboya-Kenyatta have helped to promote the Marsalis name throughout the world.



Jason Marsalis playing the vibraphone


Jason Marsalis is one of the youngest members of the esteemed Marsalis family and is known for his multi-talented skills as a composer, drummer and vibraphonist.  He  returns to the Dirty Dog stage with his band on Friday May 17 and Saturday 18th, with two seatings each night. For reservations and information call 313-882-5299.


Unlike many other music genres, that come and go,   Jazz audiences continue to grow in many ways which show’s us that this 100+ year old musical art form definitely has lasting appeal.


While musical families that play Jazz, keep the music alive while  nurturing their family members, we also see this happening with Jazz education as more and more schools are including Jazz studies in their curriculums for students of all ages.


There’s no doubt that exposure to the music, especially live performances,  is the key to forming new artists and fans, young and old. who develop an appreciation and love for the music and become enriched by the sounds of Jazz.





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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