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Opened in 2008, The Dirty Dog is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for world class Jazz and cuisine. It combines the charm of an English-style pub with intimacy and meticulous attention to detail and hospitality.
The Dirty Dog brings together the musicians and guests in a way that creates a lasting impression and desire to come back.
June 3, 2019 DDJC


Tumbao Bravo at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Photo:


Formed in August 2003 by reedman Paul VornHagen and conguero Alberto Nacif, this popular, award-winning Latin Jazz combo has released five CDs of mostly original compositions that have been featured on most of the major public radio Jazz stations in the U.S.



The band has been a winner of several Detroit Music Awards for Best Jazz Recording and Best World Music Band, and they have performed at many Michigan Jazz festivals including Detroit, Lansing, Birmingham, Raisin River, Great Lakes Folk, Blissfest, Wheatland Dance and Ann Arbor to name a few.



The band has also performed many times at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café and will be returning to our stage this coming week on Wednesday June 5 and and Thursday June 6.



Latin jazz is a favorite of many music fans who love infectious dance-based rhythms and carefully crafted melodic material rooted in Afro-Cuban culture.  Cuban or Latin Jazz is really Afro-Cuban Jazz because of its African roots. The rhythms and instrumentation are centuries old and are the foundation of the music.



Afro-Cuban Jazz got its start primarily from two Havana-born musicians, Francisco “Machito” Grillo and Mario Bauza. After studying music in Cuba, Bauza came to New York in 1930 and played in bands led by Chick Webb, Cab Calloway and others.


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Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie back stage in 1947. Photo: Life Magazine



Machito arrived in America in 1937 and worked with many bands in New York. In 1943 his piece “Tanga” was heard nightly over WOR radio from the La Conga Club in Manhattan, as it was their opening and closing theme. Soon some of the bands he and Machito played with or led included soloists such as Afro-Cuban Jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie, as well as Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich among others. Afro-Cuban music soon became instantly popular worldwide and the rest is history.



Other significant Afro-Cuban Jazz artists you can add to your listening list include Poncho Sanchez, Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Arsenio Rodriquez, Israel Cachao Lopez, Chico O’Farrill, Mongo Santamaria, and Paquito D’Rivera, to name just a few.



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Beny More, Mario Bauza, and family, Photo: Pinterest





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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