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3rd Annual
Franz Jackson
Jazz Celebration:
The Salty Dogs
Jazz Band
November 14, 2009
WSBT-TV News Interview - November 14, 2009  - Diane Daniels interviews Michelle Jewell About The  3rd Annual Franz Jackson Jazz Celebration Featuring The Salty Dogs (Video footage courtesy of WSBT-TV)
WNDU-TV News Interview - October 29, 2009  - Tricia Sloma interviews Michelle Jewell About The 3rd Annual Franz Jackson Jazz Celebration Featuring The Salty Dogs (Video footage courtesy of WNDU-TV)
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Southwestern Michigan went to "The Dogs" on Saturday, November 14, 2009 when Chicago's Salty Dogs Jazz Band rolled into Dowagiac for the 3rd Annual Franz Jackson Jazz Celebration a The Wood Fire Italian Trattoria.

Franz worked with the members of this band collectively and individually off and on throughout the years.  He recorded the CD "Yellow Fire" with The Salty Dogs in 1990 and the last time they all played together was at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, IL in 2005 for a benefit for New Orleans musicians following Hurricane Katrina.  When Franz's daughter, Michelle, ran into trombonist Tom Bartlett at the Elkhart Jazz Festival over the summer, she knew that this was the next band to bring to Dowagiac for Franz's annual concert - and Mr. Bartlett and the rest of the Dogs agreed!

Not only did we have a virtual sell out for tickets for this concert, the audience was more than appreciative of the great music the band played for the three-hour set.  The Wood Fire was swingin' all night and the place was still pretty full when the band called it a night.  The band not only gave us some fabulous music, they interjected their sets with anecdotes about Franz - how they knew him, the songs he liked to do, how he influenced and inspired them.  Those who didn't know Franz walked away with a greater appreciation of the man and his music and those who did know him, wer enjoyed hearing some fond memories of him from some of his close colleagues.  So, if you sat this one out, make sure you don't miss next year's event!

A HUGE "Thank You" goes out to The Salty Dogs for an outstanding show, to Larry Seurynck and the staff of The Wood Fire for their consistent support in continuing these annual concerts in Franz's memory, to our media sponsor, Sunny 101.5 FM, to all the print and TV journalists who helped promote this event from Dowagiac to Chicago and to everybody who came out to enjoy the amazing music and inspiring memories of Franz.

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Enjoy the video and pictures below from the concert.......
The Salty Dogs (left to right):  Lew Green, Jack Kuncl, Kim Cusack, John Cooper,
Mike Walbridge, Tom Bartlett and Wayne Jones
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The Salty Dogs kick off the 3rd Annual Franz Jackson Jazz Celebration on November 14, 2009
(left to right:  Kim Cusack, Chris Stind, Jack Kuncl, Mike Walbridge, Tom Bartlett, Wayne Jones)Chris Stind takes a solo
(left to right:  Kim Cusack, Chris Stind, Jack Kuncl, Tom Bartlett)Tom Bartlett on TromboneThe Dogs playing to a full house at The Wood Fire Italian Trattoria in Dowagiac, MITom Bartlett sings one of Franz's favorite tunes,"How Long Blues"John Cooper on pianoKim Cusack on clarinetChris Stind on cornetThe great Wayne Jones on drumsChris Stind, cornet, Jack Kuncl, banjo, Mike Walbridge, tuba, Tom Bartlett, tromboneChris StindJack KunclWayne JonesThe fabulous Kim CusackMike Walbridge does a number on the tubaJack Kuncl with some background vocalsThe amazing Tom Bartlett on trombone
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(from left:  Chris Greene (sax), Kurt Schweitz (bass), Brent Kimbrough (guitar)Brent Kimbrough (guitar) and Kurt Schweitz (bass)Nearly capacity at the Wood Fire!Chris Greene (sax), Kurt Schweitz (bass) and Brent Kimbrough (guitar)Brent Kimbrough soloingJudi K. enjoys the music (background Franz's granddaughter, Jade and daughter, Michelle)Kurt Schweitz takes a solo (Ben Scholz on drums)Lisa Roti brings it!Kurt Schweitz on bass, Lisa Roti, Brent Kimbrough on guitarThe beautiful Lisa RotiKurt Schweitz (he may look young, but this dude can play!)Chris Greene - great tenor!Breant KimbroughLisa RotiBrent KimbroughLisa RotiChris GreeneLisa Roti and Franz's granddaughter, JadeLisa Roti and Brent KimbroughChris Greene (sax), Kurt Schweitz (bass), Ben Scholz (drums)Lisa Roti - feelin' it!Chris Greene takes a soloBrent KimbroughJudi K does her version of "Almost Like Being In Love"Lisa Roti doing a really great arrangement of "Cheek to Cheek"Judi K.Chris Greene (sax), Judi K., Brent Kimbrough (guitar)Chris Green (sax), Ben Scholtz (drums)Judi K.Judi K., Kurt Schweitz (bass)Judi K. with "It's Been A Long, Long Time"Lisa Roti doing Franz's signature tune, "What A Wonderful World"Owners of the Wood Fire Italian Trattoria, Larry Seurynk and his lovely wife, enjoy the musicBen ScholtzLarry Seurynk, Lisa Roti and Judi K. chat at the end of the night