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  • Writer's pictureJOHN OSLER'S UPBEAT Admin



I often put things off that need to be done and some things that I would really like to do…. until the next year. The next year is here.  I am going to start to do those good things that I put off until this year. That means I should right away listen to more jazz, find reasons to laugh and tackle some personal art projects. It also means that maybe I lose some weight and some angry thoughts.

Every year we get a chance to start over. We get one more chance to get it right. We get a  fresh start, and at the same time we get to hold on to the good things that we already have. 2019 seems like that moment. I am looking forward to having  conversations about the coming year and the positive events as they happen. I hope to talk to and photograph those who will be helping make Detroit a better place to live. Music will continue to show us the way. There is something special happening around us in jazz, Detroit and the Dirty Dog. The Dirty Dog Jazz Café will celebrate the resurgence of live music in our city with innovative programs and adventurous menus.



Again this year I will expose my weakness for jazz and all the really nice people who play the music in my home town. There will be blogs aboutfood. Chef André and Chef Eli will help us better understand their approach to preparing the special fare served at the Dirty Dog. They will share with us techniques, processes and recipes.

Willie Jones tell us what to expect at the Dirty Dog  each month in Willie’s Corner.

We will explore the reasons that musicians and fans make the claim that the Dirty Dog Jazz Café is the best jazz club in America.

The creative process in the arts and music will be discussed with other artists. We will also meet many of the staff and musicians that provide such a perfect environment for all that jazz. We will continue the search to find what makes it tick.

An important ongoing story will be the growth of jazz and the incredible programs  and teachers in our schools. We will spotlight these teachers. The folks at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe will continue to do what they can to bring the story of jazz and its force to the communities.  Jazz will be in good hands in 2019.

We have an opportunity to define our future. I will ask Detroit artists what their vision is for Detroit and its music. We will talk to some of the Detroit jazz fans who are known for being the world’s most knowledgeable. In 2018 they knew what they were hearing and filled jazz venues and our remarkable Detroit Jazz Festival.

We will all have new stories to tell about the upbeat happenings all around us.

The Dirty Dog will continue to be the place to unwind, to celebrate and to be reinvigorated.

Stay tuned,

John Osler


THIS WEEK January 9-12


Ian is a Detroit based pianist, composer, producer and educator. He’ll be playing a mix of Jazz standards and his own compositions. In past gigs at the Dirty Dog Ian has created and played an original piece for the occasion. Ian is a class act.

Ian has regularly been seen at the Dirty Dog leading his own band and showing us his head nod. Recognizing and then providing a place to help launch Detroit’s home grown talent has been one of the Dirty Dog’s roles.

January 16 -17                             January 18 – 19

ZEN ZEDRAVEC                         GWEN SCALES

Zen Zedravec and Gwen Scales are two Detroit jazz artists that will be debuting at the Dirty Dog this month. Zen is a Canadian pianist and saxophonist who  composes and arranges his very original ideas. Gwen is a vocalist who has been a headliner in Detroit music for some time. Zen and Gwen will be fresh faces kicking off a fresh year.

January 23 – 26


Jazz at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café in this first month of the year will continue at a high level. It is fitting that Steve Wood and Carl Cafagna, a couple of Detroit’s finest artists, will help us kick off this new year at the Dirty Dog.

January 30 – February 2


The Dirty Dog gets the year off to a fast start with Randy Napoleon at the wheel. Randy has guaranteed us that he will bring some mellow sounds and his magical smile to all those coming in out of the cold.

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