Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
This swanky restaurant and lounge is a throwback to the halcyon days of jazz, with it's rich decor and the sounds of jazz masters piped in when live music is not being performed. In addition to a fine dining menu, which includes Kobe burgers with foie gras and Chicken and waffles, there is an expansive and fully stocked bar. Prominently featured at the bar is a painting from the 1800s, which is the crowning jewel of the decor. Live music is offered every night that the Dirty Dog Jazz Café is open and reservations are strongly recommended. dirtydogjazz.com
Grammy®-nominated pianist Gary Schunk may be a multifaceted player—he’s played in a range of
musical backdrops from Donna Summer to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra—but make no mistake;
Schunk is, first and foremost, a jazz man.
Sean's typical sound has been described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean's influences include Jeff Hamilton, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, as well as Detroit-area greats Gerald Cleaver and Elvin Jones. His biggest hero, however, is the great Art Blakey, whose constantly evolving band, The Jazz Messengers, directly inspired the name of Dobbins' current band.
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This is a band with an ambitious repertoire, and the guys put body & soul into making it a success. This music is where I live, and hearing these numbers performed with such spirit and elan makes me feel good. PD9 Facebook Page
The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, started in April 1999, was initially started as a rehearsal band for Gwinnell to hear his compositions and arrangements played. With encouragement from friend/musicians and an offer of a weekly gig at the Music Menu Cafe in Detroit's Greektown, Gwinnell and fellow musicians made a committment to present high quality big band jazz music. Even though Gwinnell's music was the centerpiece of the then called, Music Menu Jazz Orchestra, charts by other local musicians and other contemporary charts by Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, and Charles Mingus. www.wscottjazz.com