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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.
March 7, 2019




Legendary Guitarist, composer and educator, Ron English, has been a major figure in Detroit’s contemporary Jazz scene since the late 1960’s. Since the beginning of this year he became a permanent fixture with a new role at the Dirty Dog each and every Tuesday night leading his band for a night of excellent live Jazz.



Drawing on his many years as a multi-talented Jazz performer, and session musician where he toured and performed with Motown and other artists for many years, he brings us music from a variety of Jazz styles from classic Jazz to the blues, funk, Soul Jazz, Gospel and everything in between. He’s also known for his work with world renowned avant-garde 70’s era, Detroit label/brand Strata records as a performer and producer, and the well-respected Detroit Artist’s Workshop.



He is now the purveyor of the Dirty Dog’s very popular Tuesday night Jazz scene. He’s taking over from retiring band leader and pianist Charles Boles, who he played guitar with for seven years when Boles held the leadership position at the Dirty Dog where they reigned for nearly a decade after following in the footsteps of the late Bluesman, Johnny Bassett. During his career, Charles Boles shared the stage and studio with such legendary figures as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, and others.



These artists helped create a special cozy Jazz scene on Tuesdays where it’s filled with a DDJC crowd of regulars, who just about sell the place out each week as they make new friends while enjoying a fine menu of  superb live Jazz and excellent food.



For his band, Ron English, continues the tradition and has surrounded himself with some of Detroit’s best, including bass players Jeff Pedraz or Jaribu Shahid, Renell Gonsalves on drums and James Hughes on alto and tenor saxophone.



There’s also no cover charge, so as Ron says
“come on out, and come back! It’s a different show each week!”


Don’t forget to check out Ron English’s new album on Detroit Music Factory records “Dance Cry Dance”.







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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