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May 19, 2018







There are lots of great albums being released this spring and summer that have ties to Detroit, that we’ll be telling you about in the coming weeks. Last week we featured the new CD by Dave McMurray “Music is Life” this week we celebrate the long-awaited release from drummer, arranger, educator and composer extraordinaire, Gayelynn McKinney.



The title of Gayelynn’s new album “The New Beginning” is quite appropriate on many levels. She takes music composed by her esteemed father, educator, pianist, composer, Harold McKinney, and reinterprets it in her own voice. Classically trained Jazz pianist, Harold McKinney played many of his compositions with some of the top musicians in Jazz including John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Sarah Vaughn and others. Gayelynn is breathing new life into the music and reintroducing it to today’s Jazz audience.




The late Harold McKinney / photo by the late Hugh Grannum



One of Detroit’s most admired drummers, Ms. McKinney celebrates her family’s musical legacy with the new album. Besides her musically gifted father, her late mother, Gwendolyn Shepherd McKinney, was an accomplished singer. She is also related to Grammy winning record producer/pianist, Carlos McKinney, Jazz bassist Ray McKinney, trombonist Kiane Zawadi, and many others.



Growing up in a musical family was a plus for Gayelynn who started started taking lessons at age 8 and went on to receive a music degree from Oakland University. Soon after, McKinney co-founded the Grammy nominated, highly revered Jazz group Straight Ahead in the early 80’s.



Over the years she has toured and performed with such major artists as Chaka Khan, Steve Turre, Roy Hargrove, Ralph Armstrong, and the late Larry Coryell.



The long-awaited album has been in the making for nearly five years. Gayelynn received a highly coveted Kresge Foundation grant in 2014 that used specifically for this project. She also did a Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns as well. She did this all while teaching Jazz full time to Detroit high school students, playing and touring with numerous bands including Aretha Franklin and the newly reunited band Straight Ahead, for which she is a co-founder. She is definitely one of the hardest working artists in Detroit today.



A subsidiary of Detroit’s award-winning Mack Avenue Records, Detroit Music Factory promotes the best music from Detroit to a world-wide audience. People who travel in the international music circles talk about what a great reputation Detroit has on a global level. Other Detroit artists on the label include Ralphe Armstrong and R.J. Spangler, Gary Schunk, Rodney Whitaker, De’Sean Jones and many others..



Gayelynn McKinney’s band recently played at the Dirty Dog to “standing ovation” audiences each night. The new album features many of these same artists including trumpeter John Douglas, saxophonist Marcus Elliot, bassist Ibrahim Jones, as well as Wendell Harrison, Rayse Biggs, the late Marcus Belgrave and many others.




Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM (NPR), where she was Director of Programming and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.

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