Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio

Gayelynn McKinney, drums

Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio

Ken Kozora, multi-instrument

Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio

Oluyemi Thomas, bass clarinet

Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio

Djallo Djakate, drums

Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio

Kurt Prisbe, drums

Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio





Gayelynn McKinney & Ken Kozora | Oluyemi Thomas Trio


  • $60 Saturday Edgepass General Admission
  • $15 - this concert only General Admission
  • $5 - this concert only Student
  • Gayelynn McKinney, drums
  • Ken Kozora, multi-instrument
  • Oluyemi Thomas, bass clarinet
  • Djallo Djakate, drums
  • Kurt Prisbe, drums

Event Details

An Edgefest double-header! 

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SATURDAY'S LINEUP (Subject to change.)

Edgefest Parade

Oluyemi Thomas Trio

Oluyemi Thomas, bass clarinet
Djallo Djakate, drums
Kurt Prisbe, drums

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures with Hamid Drake

Adam Rudolph, composer/percussion,vocal/electronics
Hamid Drake, drumset/vocal/frame drum/congas/bata
Graham Haynes, cornet/flugelhorn/percussion/electronics
Ralph M. Jones, flutes/bass clarinet/husli/ney/saxophones
Kenny Wessel, guitar/electronics/banjo
James Hurt, African percussion/bata/keyboards
Alexis Marcelo, fender Rhodes/piano/percussion
Damon Banks, bass

Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers

Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio

+ Andrew Drury leads Edgefest large ensembles at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Edgefest artists
University of Michigan faculty and students


Support for Edgefest 21 is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events. Check back later for our exact schedule, and check out Encore Records for one of the most interesting music selections in the area!
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Gayelynn McKinney

Gayelynn McKinney began playing the drums at the age of two. She received much of her musical training in Detroit’s jazz scene, and she received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University. McKinney’s eclectic style garnered her recognition, including her Grammy-nominated work with the all-female jazz band Straight Ahead, which also received a 2004 Motor City Music Award. Her diverse musical range has given her the opportunity to travel extensively and perform at many renowned jazz festivals and venues including Montreux Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to her prolific solo career, she has accompanied notable musicians such as, Aretha Franklin, Benny Golson, Freda Payne, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Khan, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker, Rick Margitza, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, James Carter, Regina Carter and the rapper Speech of Arrested Development, among others.

Ken Kozora

Ken Kozora grew up in an encouraging musical family environment and an excellent school music program earning scholarships to study trumpet under classical music greats Donald Green (principal-Detroit & Los Angeles Philharmonic), R.J. Kelley (world renowned natural horn soloist) and later with Irving Sarin (principal-Pittsburg & Israel Philharmonic).

As a youth he was a member of the Dearborn Symphony, performed in chamber groups, big bands, rock bands, ethnic bands, etc., and began teaching privately as a teenager and composing contemporary music in his early twenties. His musical passion and wide interests have led him on a creative journey exploring multiple and unique instruments and ensembles.

Ken composes/performs on synthesizers, electro/acoustic percussion, bamboo flute, trumpet, bass and more in a fusion of styles from Classical to Electronic to World, Free Jazz and beyond and has performed/collaborated/recorded with a wide roster of local and international musicians, artists, dance companies and filmmakers. Ken is also very active in the community and in-demand as an educator and clinician.

Oluyemi Thomas

Oluyemi Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied at Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he received an Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending Washtenaw College, he also studied music and the spiritual and physical nature of sound & silence. Great love and respect for the Arts is regarded as a gem to his parents who passed this on to him and his sisters and brothers. In his childhood years his mother & father often listened to the masters Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. As a creative musician, performer, recording artist teacher and engineer, Mr. Thomas seeks to express his abiding love for the hidden power of Art. Oluyemi’s primary focus is to touch the inner core of individuals, be it in a forum, radio, television, recording or on the bandstand. For two decades he & his lovely wife poet Ijeoma have been members of the music and poetry unit Positive Knowledge. (Bass Clarinet/Saxophone) He may be heard on Music & Arts, Ear Light Records, Eremite, Rastascan & BMG labels. His travels to Africa, the Middle East & Europe are elements he brings to the mix. Oluyemi’s experience in sharing musical language utterance include the great Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Alan Silva, William Parker, Wilber Morris, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell and wonderful conversations with Anthony Braxton and Charles Gayle. Mr. Oluyemi believes “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise”… and “Music should lead to spirituality”…

Djallo Djakate

Djallo Djakate has become a regular go-to-guy for creative drumming. Since wading into creative music, he has worked with Harold McKinney, A. Spencer Barefield, Salim Washington, Michael Monford, Burnt Sugar, The Raw Truth and many others. He also spent many years playing reggae, Afro-Cuban and traditional New Orleans music.

Kurt Prisbe

Kurt Prisbe is a Detroit percussionist who has worked with many players, including Faruq Z. Bey, Joel Peterson, and Michael Carey, appearing at venues from Baker’s Keyboard Lounge to the Bohemian National Home, Peterson’s previous venue. He also worked with many of Chicago’s premier improvisers before returning to the Motor City and can be heard on Two Revolutions by the Thollem McDonnas-led group Box Deserter.

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