65 min. show May 08 at 5:30 PM PDT Price: Pay What You Can

Gayelynn McKinney & McKinney Zone

Live at Blue LLama Jazz Club

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    Live at Blue LLama Jazz Club

    Gayelynn McKinney & McKinney Zone

    Live at Blue LLama Jazz Club

    Show Description:

    Gayelynn McKinney & McKinney Zone feature music from the new CD release "Zoot Suit Funk" at the Blue LLama Jazz Club.

    Gayelynn McKinney began playing the drums at the age of two. Although she
    received much of her musical training in the Detroit Jazz scene, she also
    obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University. Gayelynn has
    recorded projects with the group Straight Ahead, (of which she is a cofounder) Ralph Armstrong and Marcus Belgrave just to name a few. She has recently recorded solo projects called “It's About Time,” “McKinFolk The New
    Beginning,”and “Zoot Suit Funk.” Gayelynn McKinney's many awards
    include: 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows recipient, with the Group Straight Ahead
    and McKinFolk, a Grammy Nomination, Detroit Black Music Award recipient,
    and Detroit Music Awards for best jazz composer. Gayelynn McKinney has had
    the opportunity to travel extensively and play at many famous jazz festivals
    including Montreux-Jazz Fest, Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest, New Orleans Jazz
    Fest, Essence Festival, Olympics, and the Kennedy Center. She has also
    performed as a side musician with such notables as Benny Golson, Dee Dee
    Bridgewater, Diane Shure, Jason Marsalis, Freda Payne, Roy Ayers, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Khan, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker, Rick Margitza, Larry Coryell, Ralphe Armstrong, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, James Carter, Tim Ries, (The Rolling Stones Music director) and “Speech” of “Arrested Development.” Gayelynn is also the last drummer to tour with Aretha Franklin. While performing with Aretha Franklin, Gayelynn had the distinct honor to play for Hillary Clinton. She also performed at Tribeca
    Film Fest featuring a tribute to Clive Davis.

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