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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.
November 27, 2017



Pianist Keith Jarrett performing one of his acclaimed solo piano improvisations in Japan in 2002



As I have pointed out in many blog articles, music was live and acoustic for all of human history until about 100 years ago with the advent of records and radio.  Today, on average,  more than 90% of the music heard is not live.



Live music has a physical presence that we see and feel. The vibrations from the instruments, the overtones from the music…the mood of the players – all play into what gets communicated to us as listeners.



The Harvard University Health blog states that “music therapy is a burgeoning field. Certified music therapists are accomplished musicians who have deep knowledge of how music can evoke emotional responses to relax or stimulate people, or help them heal. This can be found in most genre.



Wave forms and frequencies are part of everything in the universe , including our thoughts and emotions. They’re part of the emotional make up of music. Audiences usually feel the same emotional response to music regardless of their cultural origin. This is why music is often called the universal language.



People have used music to enhance their emotions or moods since prehistoric times. It’s  part of of modern and ancient rituals and other uses. A proven example is healing power of the lullaby, which has been used for centuries to help lull babies (and adults!) to sleep.



However, live music has significantly more healing powers than recorded music. Records are akin to a photograph. A picture of a flower is not a real flower. Compared to live music, recorded music is one dimensional – although it can be a handy substitute.



Live music is in most cases more powerful. Especially when it’s not over processed and amplified – such as in stadium-type concerts. Music that’s up close and personal is where we have the most healing benefits.





Award-winning vocalist, Cecile Mclorin Salvant performing “up close and personal” at the Dirty Dog.



Improvisation is composing music on the spot in real time where the musician creates or alters the melodic and harmonic structure of the piece often using the same chord progression as a foundation.



Because Jazz contains elements of improvisation it means no two performances are alike. This is why Jazz is best when performed live. It captures the music of the moment while it’s being composed extemporaneously. Listening to it often makes for a very rewarding and enriching experience.



Music also has the power to put us in a meditative state whether you are a listener or a performer. In many cases, playing music can be a more intense meditative act as it requires even deeper emotional and physical concentration. These meditative affects of music can be more evident in live and or improvisational music such as Jazz.



Live Jazz is performed in an intimate setting at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe five nights a week. Go to for the list of upcoming events.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained 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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