Friday April 22nd, 7-10:16pm

Dinner and a Show: Gayelynn McKinney & McKinFolk

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Your Blue LLama Jazz Club reservation gives you your exclusive table for the entire evening! You will enjoy a 7 course chef's tasting menu consisting of selections from Chef Louis Goral and Adrian Estrada's menu of Improvisations on traditional American fare. Furthermore, your ticket includes two sets of music from premier Blue LLama artists.

Ticket cost is $125 per person and tax and gratuity are included at final checkout for this portion of the dinner and a show reservation. Upon arrival, you may partake in the Blue LLama Jazz Club's full bar including amazing signature cocktails, draft beer, Wine Spectator award winning wine list, artisan coffee and tea! Beverages will be charged separately at the time of the event.

Doors are at 6:30 and live music sets are at 7pm and 8:30pm. These events sell out quickly so book your table today!


Gayelynn McKinney began playing the drums at the age of two. Although she received much of her musical training in the Detroit Jazz scene, she also obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University. Gayelynn has recorded projects with the group Straight Ahead, (of which she is a cofounder) Ralph Armstrong and Marcus Belgrave just to name a few. She has recently recorded solo projects called “It's About Time,” “McKinFolk The New Beginning,”and “Zoot Suit Funk.” Gayelynn McKinney's many awards include: 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows recipient, with the Group Straight Ahead and McKinFolk, a Grammy Nomination, Detroit Black Music Award recipient, and Detroit Music Awards for best jazz composer. Gayelynn McKinney has had the opportunity to travel extensively and play at many famous jazz festivals including Montreux-Jazz Fest, Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, Olympics, and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed as a side musician with such notables as Benny Golson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diane Shure, Jason Marsalis, Freda Payne, Roy Ayers, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Khan, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker, Rick Margitza, Larry Coryell, Ralphe Armstrong, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, James Carter, Tim Ries, (The Rolling Stones Music director) and “Speech” of “Arrested Development.” Gayelynn is also the last drummer to tour with Aretha Franklin. While performing with Aretha Franklin, Gayelynn had the distinct honor to play for presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton. She also performed at Tribeca Film Fest featuring a tribute to Clive Davis.

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