Saxman Darron McKinney is both a Master Musician and decorated Police Officer (Detroit Public School District) ; studied music at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana under famed Jazz Master Alvin Batiste of New Orleans. After Leaving Louisiana, he returned to Detroit, quickly getting back into the mainstream. Among the artist he has shared the stage with, including but not, limited to: Ben Tankard, Pieces of a Dream, Marion Meadows, Angela Bofil, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Jimmy Heath, Roy Ayers, Betty Carter, Joe Sample, Cuba Gooding, Regina Belle, Mikki Howard and Waymen Tisdale
As a newcomer trying to make inroads into the smooth jazz scene, he’s off to a really great start. Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide Darron McKinney is an imposing physical presence but a gentle musical giant nonetheless. Chicago DJ Markie Bee’s Comments – “Ah that smooth jazz has the old Skool steppers slow drag beat”. He was speaking about is from McKinney’s CD called “Feel Like Makin Love”, definitely a danceable song for the steppers and wall flower foot patters alike!
More testimonials read: “This artist is well known across the world. Don Smith – Radio Port Phillip 98.7 & 98.3 FM Melbourne Victoria Australia McKinney studied with the legendary Alvin Batiste, Music is certainly not foreign to McKinney, who comes a family of 10 siblings who also play musical instruments and sing.” Among the many accolades and awards, he is a recipient of a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Jazz Discovery Award and is often compared to the late Grover Washington Jr. Natasha Washington – Jazz Review. His Sax playing is along the lines of “Najee.” And “George Howard.”
Darron’s music is crisp, clean and very professional indeed. In addition to Smooth Jazz, he plays Inspirational and Christian Music. Mike James radio personality at “Smooth Jazz and More” says, “Very touching music…perfect for relaxing and meditating to.” His colleague, Kenny Wako Joy -Radio 89.6FM agrees.
Great music, well produced and very easy to listen to time and time again. “Look forward to hearing more from Darron in the near future.” To Quote Terry Neal 101FM, Logan City Queensland Australia. Darron McKinney is a true artist and other On Air Radio and Radio Personality supporters are: Keith West; The Fusion Intrusion show KVMR in Nevada City, Ca. S and Yarden Ben, Yaakov Radio and Media-Australia. More and certainly many more to come for this versatile, amazing man, civil servant, “man of God “and of course, truly talented musician Mr. Darron McKinney. He is married to the lovely Sheila McKinney. More about this dynamic individual can be found on: Face book, CD-Baby, Linked-In, YouTube, My Space and various music related websites and an entire Press& Music Kit can be found at www.Reverbnation.com