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Java & Jazz Concert Series ~ The Ladies of Straight Ahead Latin/Jazz/Funk!

Detroit Public Library’s Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series, celebrates its 14th season!

This year, we are very excited about the talented lineup for the 2014 Comerica Java & Jazz concert series and we think you will be too. We invite you to come out and join the fun at the Detroit Public Library - Main Library.

Performances are FREE and open to the public every third Tuesday of the month @ 6:00 p.m. 

Straight Ahead
Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m

The Detroit Public Library is proud to bring this groundbreaking all female jazz group to the 2014 Comerica Java & Jazz stage. This hometown group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, have shown themselves to be powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers in the music industry. Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz,  R&B ballads, to Brazilian funk. Straight Ahead was named the finalist in the “Sony Innovators” competition in the first year they performed together. Since then, they have amassed a string of honors, including opening for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreaux-Switzerland Jazz Festival and being nominated for a Grammy.


Alina Morr, piano
Marion Hayden, bass
Gayelynn McKinney, drums
Kymberli Wright, vocals

Discovered by legendary Motown songwriter and Producer Sylvia Moy, Straight Ahead is widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music. The Straight Ahead sound ranges from mainstream jazz to Latin to funk. Their live performances are a dynamic celebration of power and joy! 

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  • Jim A.

    Solid performance from one of my favorite Detroit jazz ensembles! Wonderful to hear them perform a composition by an old friend and one of my heroes, the late Harold McKinney. It was my first exposure to the sax player, Yancyy, and what a great talent he is! And loved the inclusion of one of my favorite jazz compositions, Butterfly, by Herbie Hancock. A great evening of jazz!

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • Kendra

      Jim - thanks for your comments & letting us know you were able to attend - I'll add you to the attendee list.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • BruceC

    Superb playing. Tight, swinging, inventive. And I think I'm in love with Gayelynn McKinney. :)

    1 · March 19, 2014

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    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Kendra

    Thanks for loading this picture Bruce... how was the performance everyone?

    March 19, 2014

  • BruceC

    Somehow missed the Meetup post but heard about it at last minute from Jody. Worth the rush to get there!

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Kendra

      Any pics I meant...

      1 · March 18, 2014

    • Kendra

      Okay I see the jazz but where's the java? Lol

      March 18, 2014

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