We used to rake the leaves into a pile, then we jumped into the pile, and then we burned them. The smell of burning leaves was the defining moment that meant frosty short days were coming, and we would be spending more time indoors getting warm. Going to a warm place makes me think of the Dirty Dog and all the good people who help us forget that we will be having plenty of grey and cold days ahead of us. The guy who by example makes life tolerable is Willie Jones, Director of Food, Beverage and All That Jazz at the Dirty Dog. Willy never seems to get down on life, and his upbeat spirit will help us get through Michigan’s fall and winter blues.
Normally we would be reading Willie Jones’ Corner where he tells us tales of the good old days at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, and the plans for the good days coming up at the Dirty Dog. However, Willie is on a deserved vacation. He will be back next week, and with his return we will once again get his take on what is happening. Stay tuned.
He has assembled a team ready to follow his example of providing excellent service with grace, and Willie has already put in place a schedule of great jazz artists.
Before Skeeto Valdez sits down at his drums, Willie will be back in his role as announcer with his familiar call ” WELCOME TO THE DIRTY DOG”.
To help you fight the November blahs here is Willie’s lineup for November
COMING TO THE DIRTY DOG IN NOVEMBER
October 31 – November 1
THE LOVABLE SKEETO VALDEZ WILL BE COMING BACK TO THE DIRTY DOG
Skeeto Valdez will return this week leading one of his Fun House Bands. He will bring his unabashed good nature and solid drumming. Get ready to call the roof repair guys!
Following Skeeto will be Cameron Graves, who is part of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down who blend elements of Jazz, Classical, Rock and Hip-Hop. Cameron has recently released his first album for Mack Avenue Records. Planetary Prince.
“Cameron Graves is a musical genius. He has an innovative approach to the piano that is completely unique. Cameron’s new album ‘Planetary Prince’ is an amazing and almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves it’s own genre. Cameron’s music has been inspiring me since I was thirteen years old and it still does today! I’m so glad he’s sharing it with the world!” – Kamasi Washington
November 7 – November 10
DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL ALL STARS
Chris Collins will bring some of Detroit’s best players for four nights. The DJF All Stars will once be again declared winners by the last show on Saturday night along with those lucky enough to in the club.
November 14, 15
Make your reservations early as Alexander has earned a loyal following eager to find out what he is up to. There will be music guaranteed to lift your spirits.
November 21, 23, 24
The Dirty Dog Jazz Café will be closed and the music muted on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t despair, on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Alvin Waddles will bring his magic to the club. Alvin knows how to bring the holiday spirit into a room. Take a break, leave the dishes and leftovers for a moment and come with friends and family to a warm place where large helpings of smiles come with the music, food and drinks.
November 28 – December 1
An explosion of spirit will be heard this week at the Dirty Dog. Aquanko, an assembly of some of Detroit’s very best musicians, will celebrate Latin jazz in this intimate club. You are invited to come by, lean back and enjoy some powerful music.