HAPPY NEW YEAR
Saying goodbye to 2018
It was a year of change. For many, things seemed to be getting better, for others it was at best confusing.
Detroit continued to find new energy, and the music in the city picked up on it. In our expanding environment we felt confident to take more risk and also to pause and enjoy life.
There were also transitions as we celebrated the lives of friends that we lost, leaving holes in our hearts to be filled. In the coming year we will welcome in some new voices.
Detroit’s heart cried out in pain for some losses and then it sang out in joy for their lives.
Music lost too many artists and innovators in 2018 including Nancy Wilson and Roy Hargrove.
The Dirty Dog lost a good friend when we said goodbye to John Dana.
Detroit’s great Aretha Franklin
We know that their music lives on, but all the same it isn’t easy.
ALL IN ALL THIS WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR
This was a significant year for Dirty Dog Jazz Café, a place that doesn’t change, a place you can count on, a place where you can get lost in the music, a place where there is always a parade of great musicians and satisfied customers, a place where smiles and laughter were up this past year with pure joy continued to trend in the right direction. And they were ten years old.
Here are some things that helped to make 2018 memorable for me at the Dirty Dog.
The Dirty Dog’s remarkably good natured staff
The stream of young players who have benefited from a chance to try out their chops at the Dirty Dog.
All the times I have watched Detroit jazz fans listen with so much appreciation, knowledge and respect.
Each time I listened while an artist gave back to a rapt and respectful audience.
Willie saying: DIRRRRTY DAWG!!!
Willie gently coaxes everyone at the Dog to do their best.
Gretchen Valade continues to inspire. She remains Detroit jazz’s principle advocate.
AND AGAIN, ALL THE SMILES
FROM EVERYONE AT THE DIRTY DOG JAZZ CAFE, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.
HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in need.
THE DIRTY DOG WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 8, 2019