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July 18, 2019

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Judy Adams at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe / Photo by John Osler




It was back in 2014, that fellow blogger, John Osler, and I were invited by Jazz impresaria and owner of the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Gretchen Valade, to write weekly blogs on Jazz for the Dirty Dog’s website Our blogs are on the “home page” under “recent posts”.



John’s blog, “UpBeat” reflects upon the art of Jazz and its environs, both local and international. John is a celebrated artist who created several Detroit Jazz Festival posters based on his amazing paintings and has published “Detroit Jazz” an award-winning book featuring his photographs of Detroit Jazz artists.



The purpose of my blog “Jazz Notes” is to bring you closer to the music and the artists who create it – both past, present and future. Think of “Jazz Notes” as a “listening companion” of sorts. It often suggests what to listen for in the music. I’ve met so many people who love and support Jazz but say, they do not know much about it such as its history, key artists or style makers.



My blog aims to increase appreciation for a multi-faceted genre that continues to be vibrant and growing in new directions since its inception approximately 150 years ago.



Jazz has been on a continuum since the beginning…ever changing, ever growing but maintaining its foundation. Many music genres are trends that come and go, while Jazz is constantly absorbing and reflecting the world around us.



As mentioned above “Jazz Notes” is a useful tool for people who are both new to the Jazz idiom as well as longtime fans and aficionados as we write about current and historical Jazz from Detroit’s vibrant Jazz community as well as from Jazz around the world. We discuss its form and content such as the use of improvisation, complex rhythms, and other defining elements. We also emphasize that Jazz is all about individual expression and creative freedom giving artists the permission to break the rules and create outside of the mainstream.



Over the past five years we’ve brought you closer to the music with blogs on:

Artist Profiles and Key Innovators

Jazz History Around the World and the history of Jazz in Detroit

The Detroit Jazz Festival including each year’s “artist-in-residence”.  This year it’s bassist Stanley Clarke!

New and emerging artists who are poised to take this genre into the future.

and much more…


Whether you’ve just found us or have been with us since the beginning, we’re glad you’re here to explore the wide world of Jazz, one of the most influential genres in music history.





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.


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