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03 | Mar

Gayelynn McKinney of Aretha Franklin in On The Beat

As for me, I have enjoyed performing with many wonderful artists including Benny Golson, Roy Ayers, Tim Ries, (music director for Rolling Stones), Larry Coryell, Rick Margitza, Chaka Kahn, Roy Hargrove, Speech of Arrested Development, Randy Brecker, and many more. I am also honored to say that I was Aretha Franklin’s last drummer. I toured with her until her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 2017

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05 | Dec

Ron English Performs on Live In The D

Ron English gave the gift of music at WDIV on 12/3 with a special arrangement of musicians.

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13 | Aug

Xavier Davis joins Detroit Music Factory

A very fine mixture of musicianship with melodies and plenty of strings, this project is powerful

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03 | Aug

Guitarist Ron English brings us his latest release, “Dance/Cry Dance”

Perhaps one of the most surprising elements of Dance/Cry/Dance is that English goes to a lot of different places, which is not surprising given that in some ways the record has two different bands, at times featuring Tucker on piano or organ, and at times featuring Zadravec. The rhythmic emphasis is strong throughout, but there’s a variety of grooves. All of them, however, have an emotional quality in common: they make you want to dance.

Indeed, it is truth.

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28 | Jun

Mulgrew-ology by the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

Mulgrew-ology, the second Detroit Music Factory recording by Detroit-based jazz pianist, composer and arranger Scott Gwinnell, explores this lesser-spotlighted side of Miller.
Gwinnell intersperses Miller’s compositional ideas throughout a body of arrangements that include songs penned by Miller as well as other artists’ compositions for which he was famous for playing in his certain way—because even when Miller played someone else’s tune, it was a markedly Mulgrew Miller version.

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29 | May

Jazz Notes With Judy Adams

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.

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