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November 21, 2018

The saxophone is one of the most popular instruments in Jazz and one of Detroit’s most celebrated saxophonists, Dave McMurray, performs at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, December 12-15.






Always a favorite at the Dirty Dog, Dave has played with an impressive list of diverse artists during his lengthy career, ranging from The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan to Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, the late Geri Allen and countless others.



He brings this musical diversity to his new album, “Music is Life”, his seventh, which was released on Blue Note records this past May, and featured in “Jazz Notes”. Each song is different with elements  ranging from Jazz, Funk, Rock, Soul and more, clearly reflecting his multi-faceted career.



The new album contains mostly Dave’s original compositions as well as covers of the White Stripes, the Parliament-Funkadelics, French singer Johnny Halladay, who Dave worked and toured with for many years and many others.



The role of the saxophone has changed a bit over the years but it remains a prominent voice that usually leads the band, “front and center”.   In fact, Jazz is where the saxophone rules.



No instrument is more identified with Jazz than the saxophone. The saxophone is to Jazz what the banjo is to Bluegrass.Its use in Jazz is pervasive, compared to its limited use in other genres. Whereas the piano isn’t associated with just one style of music and can be heard in many genres from Classical to R&B.



Aside from Jazz and marching bands where the saxophone remains a primary instrument, we can also hear it used by some 20th century Classical composers George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aaron Copeland, Leonard Bernstein and others.



A member of the woodwind family, the saxophone is usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece. It was invented in 1840 by Belgian, Adolphe Sax and was designed for use in military or marching bands. Marching bands had an influence on early Jazz.






Since the 1960’s the saxophone has continued to define Jazz’s signature sound.
This includes the complete choir from sopranissimo to contrabass and subcontrabass. Modern saxophonists who’ve made their mark include Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Oliver Lake, Arthur Blythe, Wayne Shorter and many others. Detroit has certainly had its share of the world’s great saxophonists including Sonny Stitt, Yusef Lateef, Pepper Adams, Charles McPherson, Kenny Garrett, and James Carter to name a few.





World renowned Detroit born saxophonist, James Carter
with a baritone saxophone.

Photo: St.Louis Public Radio






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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