Monday, April 16, 2018 (and every 3rd Monday February - June)
Shows: 6:30pm thru 9:30pm (usually with a brief break in the middle)
Tickets: No Cover
Join the Cats! A Detroit All-Star house band opens the bandstand for musicians of all ages to sit-in and share jazz in the time-honored jam session tradition. The band features Chris Collins, president and artistic
director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, along with Dwight Adams, Ralphe Armstrong, Ian Finkelstein and David Taylor.
Collins will be scoping out participating artists and festival staff will be on hand to accept submissions from artists/ensembles to be considered for the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival.
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.
McKinney's mother, the late Gwendolyn Shepherd McKinney, was an accomplished musician herself- an opera singer before "Dad sucked her into jazz," Gayelynn recalls mischievously. It was Gwendolyn that bought McKinney her first drumset at age 2.