[JPL] Mack Ave./Detroit Jazz Fest's Valade opening jazz club

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Feb 5 13:44:47 EST 2008


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> Tuesday, February 5, 2008
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>   Jazz comes alive in Grosse Pointe
>
>
>         Susan Whitall / The Detroit News
>
> Detroit's live jazz scene will get a boost next week when Gretchen 
> Valade's long-awaited Dirty Dog Jazz Café opens up at 97 Kercheval Ave. 
> on The Hill, Grosse Pointe Farms' commercial district.
>
> Valade's $10-million dollar endowment solidified and expanded the 
> Detroit Jazz Festival held over Labor Day weekend, and by opening the 
> Dirty Dog she's taken her passion for jazz a step further, giving jazz 
> musicians a much-needed venue to ply their trade.
>
> Her intimate, cushy club featuring a bistro-like tapas menu and live 
> jazz will be open Wednesday through Saturdays, starting Feb. 13.
>
> Valade oversaw every detail in the 60-seat club, including dishes like 
> the grilled hearts of romaine salad, decorative details like the warm, 
> dark red walls (with sound-absorbing padding underneath), framed 
> black-and-white posters of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, yellow pine 
> floors; minimalist white dinnerware, and especially the state-of-the-art 
> sound system.
>
> "I wanted it to be like the Blue Note," Valade says of the fabled New 
> York jazz club. "That was my second home."
>
> Valade is the granddaughter of Hamilton Carhartt, who founded Carhartt 
> Inc., the construction clothing company beloved of young urbanites, as 
> well. She is a jazz pianist and songwriter herself, and founded a record 
> company, Mack Avenue Records, in the late '90s.
>
> Bucking her Grosse Pointe family, Valade was a jazz fan from her 
> earliest years, and in the late '40s and '50s she frequented New York's 
> 52nd Street. Although the jazz buff and philanthropist also owns Sweet 
> Melissa's, a restaurant on Sanibel Island/Captiva, the Dirty Dog came 
> about almost by accident.
>
> Valade owns the building that houses the Dirty Dog, and after a florist 
> vacated the space, she began looking for a new tenant.
>
> "Then she said, 'Oh, let's just put in a jazz club,' " says Tom 
> Robinson, president of Valade's Mack Avenue Records. "Eighteen months 
> later, here we are."
>
> The Dirty Dog will feature local and national jazz artists, many from 
> the Mack Avenue label, and it will of course be a hotspot during the 
> Labor Day weekend when so many national acts are in town for the jazz 
> festival.
>
> For its opening week, Feb. 13-16, the Dirty Dog will host bassist Rodney 
> Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen for two shows a night, 8 and 10 p.m., 
> joined by singer Jennifer Sanon, a Wynton Marsalis protégé, on vocals.
>
> "She sounds like Billie Holiday," Valade says with a sigh.
>
> The dog theme is no accident; Valade is the proud owner of three golden 
> retrievers, C.J., Alfie and Bridget. The Dirty Dog's centerpiece is a 
> large antique painting of a spaniel mother dog and her pups, hung in 
> pride of place behind the bar.
>
> Robinson, who also heads up a construction firm, acts as Valade's 
> unofficial scold, warning her when he thinks she's spending too much 
> money on things. Despite that, Valade insisted on extensive 
> sound-proofing, which means you won't hear a cacophony of clinking 
> glasses and human chatter while soaking up the music.
>
> Valade's eye for detail extended to things like hooks under the bar so 
> female patrons can hang their purses. The sound system, by Illuminating 
> Concepts of Farmington Hills, allows for pitch-perfect sound both in the 
> front and back of the club. Because there are two flat-screen TVs, the 
> musicians are always visible. (Each artist who performs in the club will 
> be offered a DVD or CD of their performance.)
>
> There will be no cover charge, although that policy may be revisited 
> down the road. No smoking will be allowed, a boon to jazz fans used to 
> watching their favorites through clouds of nicotine.
>
> "The musicians may not like it, but they can go outside," Valade says 
> crisply.
>
> Told there is no jazz club like this in the north suburbs, she looks dreamy.
>
> "Gretchen, no!" Robinson scolds.
>
> /You can reach Susan Whitall at (313) 222-2156 or swhitall at det news.com./
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