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May 24, 2019


Jeff Canady at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe (photo: John Osler)


For the past two summers, the world-renowned Jazz publication, Downbeat magazine, has created a center-fold feature about the the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, the world class Jazz club in Grosse Pointe Farms.



For the first issue they asked me to interview Carl Williams, the Dirty Dog’s popular, award-winning bartender and music aficionado.



The Dirty Dog’s Carl Williams (Photo: John Osler)


Carl has has been with the club since they opened more than 11 years ago and hearing five nights per week of  live Jazz, Carl has heard it all. He’s been an astute music listener for most of his life. And, at the Dirty Dog he knows most of the performers and their music very well. Those seated at the bar enjoy conversing with Carl as he shares his knowledge of the music and the musicians – hearing his many stories and details about Jazz.



Carl’s reputation as a serious music fan is what prompted Downbeat to tap into his musical mind for this article. The editor at Downbeat wanted to know Carl’s five favorite Detroit based Jazz drummers.



Here’s my Downbeat magazine interview,  “Take Five”, with Carl as he explains his five favorite Detroit drummers including Jeff Canady who performs with his band at the Dirty Dog Wednesday, May 29 thru Saturday, June 1.



Carl’s Take Five
by Judy Adams


Jf Canady Osler

Jeff Canady (Photo


Jeff Canady

Known for his work with Dave McMurray and other prominent artists, Jeff Canady is at the top of Carl’s list. He said he admires his unique style and that he knows how to set a perfect groove – intuitively feeling the pulse of the music. He especially admires Canady’s “signature” triplets and rolls, which are markedly fast and smooth.  Besides being a drummer, Canady is also as recording artist, producer and vocalist.


Jeff Canady and his band are the Dirty Dog from Wednesday, May 29-through Saturday, June 1st. For reservations and information call 313-882-5299 or go to



Skeeto Valdez

Skeeto is one of Detroit’s most experienced “go to” drummers. Carl is impressed with his versatility and knowledge of most styles from Bebop and Swing to Rock and Funk and beyond. He puts a lot of his personality into the music, making things more fun for the audience and the band.



Gayelynn McKinney

One of Detroit most prolific drummers, Gayelynn has played with Aretha Franklin, Steve Turre, Larry Coryell and others. She’s known for “going off the grid” as Carl says, with her innovative improvisations that often utilize the entire drum kit as she supports the music with a very creative approach to her rhythmic ideas.



Doug Cobb

Doug is known for his work with Jazz clarinet virtuoso, Dave Bennett.  Carl loves his playing, commenting “he’s cool and clean and one of the cleanest drummers I’ve ever heard. You’ll never hear him click his sticks. He’s flawless and relaxed, which comes to him naturally”.



Sean Dobbins

Sean Dobbins is a Detroit favorite and one of its most gifted drummers. “His playing is electric. He really knows how to work up an audience. His solos are filled with rhythmic power and intensity and played with skill and precision.”



All five of these drummers have performed the Dirty Dog many times as the club is known for presenting the top Jazz talent from this region and beyond.


Partrons of the club are lucky to have the opportunity to hear these great Detroit-based artists on a regular basis. Thanks to the Dirty Dog’s Carl Williams and Downbeat magazine for spreading the word on these musicians to their world-wide readership and global Jazz audience.




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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