30 | Aug
Drummer Gayelynn McKinney — who you may know from her all-women jazz group Straight Ahead, or her recent work with Aretha Franklin — grew up in a magical place for musical development to be nurtured: the home of beloved Detroit pianist, composer, educator, and Tribe member Harold McKinney.
21 | Apr
Planet D Nonet follow up their debut release, “Swingin’ the D” with a huge sophomore project entitled, “Salute to Strayhorn”
05 | Dec
The latest release from Detroit’s Planet D Nonet is a tribute to one of the 20th Century’s jazz and swing greats.
07 | Nov
Composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was a major figure in American music, best known during his life and for decades after his death as Duke Ellington’s collaborator. But in the last 20 years, thanks to pioneering biographical and musicological scholarship and recordings from a variety of sources, Strayhorn’s reputation has finally managed to escape Ellington’s shadow.
19 | Oct
“The band retains the agility of a small group,” says Spangler, “but with the harmonic palette of a larger one.”
27 | Apr
“He’s spectacular.” That’s what guitarist George Benson says of Brooklyn-born professor of jazz guitar at Michigan State University, whose highly melodic and groove-oriented style showcases a harmonic richness and giant acoustic sound.