Idle Moments Project Idle Moments Project





Idle Moments Project


  • Alex Anest, guitar
  • Janelle Reichman, tenor saxophone
  • Alexis Lombre, piano
  • Eric Nachtrab, bass
  • Peyton Miller, vibraphone
  • Gayelynn McKinney, drums

Event Details

A sextet of musicians hailing from Detroit and Ann Arbor will come together on October 12 to perform Grant Green's 1965 album “Idle Moments” live at Kerrytown Concert House. The original recording featured Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Duke Pearson on piano, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Bob Cranshaw on double bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Guitarist Alex Anest has assembed his ensemble with some of the best artists in the area including Janelle Reichman on tenor, Alexis Lombre on piano, Peyton Miller on vibes, Eric Nachtrab on bass, and Gayelynn McKinney on drums. This performance is about remembering and honoring our musical roots as well as connecting creatively and emotionally with our peers. Idle Moments was just one of many great records released on Blue Note during the label's heyday. Two of the four tunes on the record have become standard jazz repertoire while the other two are not as well known. Art and artists exist in constant tension between tradition and innovation. The musicians who are part of the Idle Moments Project enjoy exploring that tension.

Alex Anest

Alex Anest has been teaching, performing, and recording music professionally in the Southeast Michigan area since 1996. He founded and leads the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio and is also currently playing with the Alex Anest Trio, the Bluewater Kings, iO Megaji, and Klezmephonic. Alex studied guitar with Miles Okazaki and Chris Buzzelli. He holds a Masters of Music in Improvisation from University of Michigan, where he studied with Benny Green, Mark Kirschenmann, and Ellen Rowe. Alex was a founding member of the electric jazz group Giraffe, the Jericho Guitar Trio, Never Nebula, Secret 7, and Delta 88. He has toured Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy with songwriter Kevin Meisel and has played on stages throughout the Midwest and New England. Alex has also appeared on over 30 albums, mostly recorded in Michigan.

Janelle Reichman

Clarinetist and saxophonist Janelle Reichman has performed as a featured soloist all over the world with renowned ensembles such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and many more. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Janelle attended the Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship, quickly after which she embarked upon an exciting and diverse musical career in New York City, where she remained for a decade. Her musical work in NYC ran the gamut from the New Orleans sounds of The Redhook Ramblers to the soulful grooves of the R&B band ON THE SUN to the Broadway jazz musical After Midnight - and everything in between. Janelle's debut solo album, Middleground, has received rave reviews. In 2016, Janelle was a featured clarinetist at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman, and in early 2018 she was welcomed back to Lincoln Center to perform as a guest clarinet soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for the show Benny Goodman: The King of Swing, alongside respected clarinetists Anat Cohen and Ken Peplowski. Now happily back in her hometown in Michigan since 2016, Janelle can be heard around SE Michigan performing with groups such as accomplished pianist James Dapogny’s Easy Street Jazz Band, the high-energy klezmer band Klezmephonic, and her own jazz quintet Janelle Reichman +4 for which she regularly composes new music and with which she frequently performs around Ann Arbor to sold-out audiences. When she’s not playing her clarinet or saxophone, Janelle is most likely designing and building websites for other musicians in the Midwest and NYC.

Alexis Lombre

Alexis Lombre is a young jazz pianist who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The 2017 release of her debut album, Southside Sounds, does just that, as it is a soulful reflection of her upbringing on Chicago’s Southside. This collection of her original compositions is an attempt to pay homage to the southside’s lively artistic, cultural heritage. In addition to her debut record, she was featured on Live The Spirit Residency Presents: “The Young Masters” (2016), and Mikel Patrick Avery’s “Music for a 1/2 Sized Piano” (2014).

Alexis has performed at some of jazz’s major venues and festivals in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, St. Louis and Kansas City. Most recently, she celebrated the release of her debut CD at Chicago’s historic Jazz Showcase. She has shared the stage with international renowned jazz musicians such as Ernest Dawkins, Ingrid Jensen, Kendrick Scott, James Carter, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney, Bobby Watson and, has studied with Geri Allen, Willie Pickens and former Jazz Messenger, Benny Green.

Peyton Miller

Peyton Miller, award-winning composer, vibraphonist, and percussionist tells stories. He believes that what’s behind the music is an integral part of how the music should be played and draws influence from a variety of genres. Peyton started on his musical journey at the age of 6 on piano, then eventually switched over to vibraphone and percussion. He has mentored under such names as Sean Dobbins, Rob Pipho, and Marion Hayden. Peyton performs regularly both with his own ensembles and with those of others.

Gayelynn McKinney

Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Gayelynn's father, the legendary Harold McKinney, was a formidable jazz pianist, composer and teacher who mentored many people and played with such greats as, Billy Holiday, Gene Krupa and many others. Her mother Gwendolyn McKinney was a fashion model and renowned singer, singing in such productions as Carman and Porgy and Bess. She was also recorded on Harold McKinney's “Voices and Rhythms of The Creative Profile.” As a vocal instructor she mentored many successful vocalist, including one of Ray Charles's Raylets. 

Gayelynn began playing the drums at the age of two. She received much of her musical training in the Detroit Jazz scene but she also obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University. Gayelynn has recorded projects with the group Straight Ahead, (which she is a co-founder of ) Ralph Armstrong, Marcus Belgrave just to name a few and has recently recorded solo projects called “It's About Time” and “McKinFolk The New Beginning”. Gayelynn McKinney's many awards include; 2014 Kresge Artist Fellows recipient. With the Group Straight Ahead, a Grammy Nomination, Motor City Music Award and Detroit Black Music Award recipient. 

Gayelynn McKinney has had the opportunity to travel extensively and play at many famous jazz festivals including Montreux-Switzerland, 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, Diane Shure, Jason Marsalis, Freda Payne, Roy Ayers, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Khan, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker Rick Margitza Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, James Carter, Tim Ries, (The Rolling Stones Music director) “Speech” of Arrested Development and is currently touring with Aretha Franklin. While performing with Aretha Franklin, Gayelynn had the distinct honor to play for presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton and the Tribeca Film Fest featuring, a tribute to Clive Davis. 

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