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America’s Birthday

The Dirty Dog will not be open this week so we can celebrate the birthday of our country.There will be a break in the music giving the staff some deserved time off after so many consecutive big acts. Alvin Waddles will bring the place back to life on Wednesday July 13 through July 17.

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“Jazz is about freedom within discipline, usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Nazi Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom, democracy and the United States.” Dave Brubeck

” Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instuments and collectively create a thing of beauty.” Max Roach

“The bottom line of any country is, ‘What did we contribute to the world?’ ….We contributed Louis Armstrong.”  Tony Bennett

Louis Armstrong always claimed he was born on the fourth of July and celebrated his birthday on the holiday.

Louis said: “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

Here he is with the national anthem.

Wynton Marsalis ” As long as there is democracy, there will be people wanting to play jazz because nothing else will ever so perfectly capture the democratic process in sound. Jazz means working things out musically with other people. You have to listen to other musicians and play with them even if you don’t agree with what they’re playing. It teaches you that the world is big enough to accommodate us all.”

Here is Wynton’s brother Saxophonist Branford Marsalis

Here is Jazz trumpeter  Chris Botti

The Dirty Dog wishes you a glorious holiday. Enjoy and be safe.

John Osler

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