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GayeLynn McKinney

GayeLynn McKinney's drumming style is electric; transitioning from jazz to latin to rock to funk, she is a woman with many facets. Her signature style of drumming can be seen through her uncanny improvisation, power, speed and an always-present deliberate control. McKinney is a founding member of the Detroit based, Grammy nominated all female jazz group STRAIGHT AHEAD. McKinney is also a talented saxophonist and singer and a member of a musical dynasty, which helps to explain her powerhouse style!

GayeLynn was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, her father, the legendary Harold McKinney, was a formidable jazz pianist and composer; her mother Gwendolyn McKinney a renowned singer and vocal instructor. She began playing the drums at the age of two and has had ample exposure to the creative music scene since birth.

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Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter

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This broadcast celebrates the birthday of legendary pianist and songwriter Alberta Hunter, who returned to the NYC clubs after a twenty year nursing career. Also featured are new releases from composer/arranger Jihye Lee, and vocalists Clare Foster, Aubrey Logan, Alyssa Allgood and Veronica Swift. Other birthday shoutouts include Norah Jones, Tessa Souter, Tina May, Aimee Allen ...

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Celebrate Women's History Month With Birthday Celebrations for Flora Purim, Carol Sloane, Carole Bayer Sager And More

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March is Women's History Month and A Broad Spectrum begins another year on the air with the best of women-driven jazz music, past and present. This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Frances Coché, pianist Lara Downes and a single from trombonist Aubrey Logan plus birthday shoutouts to pianist Tomoko Ohno, vocalists Carol Sloane, Flora Purim, ...

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New Releases Plus A Special Birthday Shoutout For A Broad Spectrum

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Happy fifth birthday to A Broad Spectrum! Nice to celebrate a milestone after almost a year of remote broadcasting but better times are coming. Music remains a healing force. This broadcast includes new releases from Roseanna Vitro, Out To Dinner, Peter Eldridge, Charles McPherson, Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent and Idit Shner with birthday shout outs ...

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The Funky Side Of Jazz Fusion, Plus Music From Italy And Germany

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In this show, we feature a new album from Gayelynn McKinney Zoot Suit Funk and the funky side of fusion. Shaun Martin from his latest Three-O, Italian bassist Lorenzo Feliciati and German keyboard player MSM Schmidt. Playlist Gayelynn McKinney “Space Goddess" from Zoot Suit Funk (Self Produced) 00:00 Shaun Martin “Kaleidoscope" from Three-O (Ropeadope) ...

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A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Carole King's Tapestry

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This broadcast features new releases from the Henry Robinett Quartet, Wayne Alpern and Rossano Sportiello with birthday shoutouts to Jocelyn Michelle, Bob Mintzer, Peter Eldridge, Barbara Carroll, Susan Tobocman, Etta James and Ed Reed. Also remembering the great vocalist and educator Janet Lawson plus a jazz celebration for the 50th anniversary of the release of Carole ...

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Focus on women drummers in Jazz Fusion

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Women drummers in jazz fusion, including Gayelynn McKinney and Cindy Blackman Santana. Playlist Gayelynn McKinney “Ode to Africa" from McKinfolk: The New Beginning (Detroit Music Factory) 00:00 Gayelynn McKinney “Just a Little Bass And Drums" from Zoot Suit Funk (Self Produced) 06:17 Gayelynn McKinney “Gwendolyn" from Zoot Suit Funk (Self Produced) 12:29 Cindy Blackman ...

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New Releases From Pianists Karen Hammack, Lara Driscoll & Chris White, Amanda Tosoff Plus Some Jazz Country Crossover

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This broadcast features a new single from Carmen Lundy, plus releases from pianists Karen Hammack, Lara Driscoll & Chris White, Amanda Tosoff plus vocalist Staci Griesbach adds some Jazz Country with her new tribute to Shania Twain. There are birthday shoutouts to Dolly Parton, Lori Williams, Gary Burton, Audrey Ochoa, Mariah Parker, Lizz Wright and George ...

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New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

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This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...

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Song for My Father in Late June - Celebrating Fathers Day and Summer Solstice

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The Fathers Day/Summer Solstice/Juneteenth broadcast included new releases from drummer Gayelynn McKinney, vocalists Linda Lavin and Sue Anne Gershenzon, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Roy Ayers, with birthday shoutouts to Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, Jaimie Branch, Alicia Olatuja, Migiwa Miyajima, leader of the Miggy Augmented Orchestra, Lolly Allen and Jenny Scheinman. Thanks for listening and ...


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