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About Al McKenzie

Al McKenzie’s musical endeavors are as diverse as his musical interest. From conducting the Buffalo Symphony to teaching jazz music to youth who attend Kids & Jazz, a program sponsored by his non-profit organization In-Accord, in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Al has always been unafraid to meet the challenges of his demanding music menu. As his career blossomed, his credits read like a who’s who of music. The Spinners, Ali Woodson, Jean Carne, The Four Tops, Mary Wilson, Penny Wells, Norman Conners, The Supremes, The Contours, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holiday, Kim Weston and Anita Baker are samples of the artists Al has worked with. His quest for new challenges rewarded him with the opportunity to become the Music Director for Motown Records crown jewel, The Temptations.

Currently, Al is promoting his latest full-length CD, “Strawberry Noon” filled with the smooth mature sound we’ve come to love from Al McKenzie. Al’s piano screams with unbridled passion on originals like “If Not For You” and “Rapture”, as well as a Vocal feature entitled “Heaven” which reached #13 on the UK Soul Charts.

To know Al is to love him. To see him perform is to witness true passion and abandon. So sit back, relax, and let the McKenzie Magic take control.

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Al McKenzie’s musical endeavors are as diverse as his musical interest, from conducting the Buffalo Symphony, to serving on the Entertainment task force for the City of Detroit, to playing for the children’s choir at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in his hometown of Detroit Michigan. Al has always been unafraid to meet the challenges of his demanding music menu. His tools come honestly with teachers such as: Charles Coleman, Arthur Labrew, Earl Van Dyke, Ernie Rodgers and the great Teddy Harris Jr. After winning several awards in high school it was a natural progression for Al to attend Interlochen School of music.

By the time Al was 20 years old, he played or recorded with an array of world-renowned artist such as Martha Reeves, O.C.Smith, Esther Phillips and Marlena Shaw to name a few. Al’s career continued to blossom as the world opened up for him. He first toured with Martha Reeves as her Music Director at age 18, subsequent to which Al’s credits/endeavors read like the who’s who of music: The Spinners, The 4 Tops, Mary Wilson, Penny Wells, The Supremes, The Contours, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holiday, Kim Weston, Anita Baker just to name a few. His quest for new opportunities awarded him the opportunity to become the Music Director for Motown Record’s crown jewel The Temptations. Four albums, two gold records, one platinum album and a Grammy later, Al found his calling in starting AMAC Records and leading his own band. Since the release of his first full length CD “Is it love”, Al has signed wonderful talent from all over the world: Penny Wells (U.S.), Joan Crawford (U.S.), Charmaine Elliot (London), Larry Crockett (Paris) are all meeting their fans with critical acclaim.

Strawberry Noon

Strawberry Noon

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A Reason to Be

A Reason to Be

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The Hit Collection

The Hit Collection

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Is it Love

Is it Love

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Events

Discovery Series
Discovery Series

Shows

June

Monday June 18th  : 496 West, Lansing Jazz Festival, Lansing Mi
Tuesday June 21st : Kimmie Horne Scotia Park, Southfield Mi


July

Saturday July 2nd : John E. Lawrence, Traverse City Mi
Sunday July 3rd : Al McKenzie, Private, Chicago Il
Sunday July 10th : 496 West, Lansing Mi
July 13th : Al McKenzie, Infinity Cruise
Saturday July 16th : John E Lawrence, Early gig
Sunday July 17th : Al McKenzie, Michigan Jazz Festival
Wednesday July 20th : Kimmie Horne, Chene Park, Detroit Mi
Thursday July 21st : Al McKenzie, Roberts River Walk, Detroit Mi
Friday July 22nd : Kimmie Horne, Columbus Ohio
Saturday July 23rd : Kimmie Horne, Columbus Ohio Jazz Festival
Thursday July 28th Dave McMurray, Club 129 in Monroe Michigan.
Friday July 29th : 496 West, Lansing Mi
Saturday July 30th : Penny Wells, Amdiomo’s on the River


August

Wednesday August 3rd : Kimmie Horne, Lathrup Village
Friday August 5th : Penny Wells, Canton Jazz Festival
Saturday August 6th : 496 West, Jazz On The River, Lansing Mi
Tuesday August 9th : Kimmie Horne Jazz festival Rehearsal
Thursday August 11th : Al McKenzie, Monroe
Friday August 12th : Kimmie Horne Jazz festival Rehearsal
Saturday August 13th : Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival
Saturday August 20th : Al McKenzie, Fred Hall House warming
Friday August 26th : Al McKenzie trio wig Penny Wells ,Ypsilanti Michigan Jazz Festival 4pm-4:45
John E. Lawrence Ann Arbor Michigan 7pm-10pm
Saturday August 27thth : 496 West ,Lansing Jazz Festival 2:30pm-3:30pm
John E. Lawrence , Ypsilanti Michigan Jazz Festival 8pm-9:30pm
Sunday August 28th : 496 West, Muskegon Jazz Festival, Muskegon Mi


September

Friday September 2nd : Martha Reeves, California State Fair, California
Saturday September 3rd : Kimmie Horne, North Carolina
Friday September 9th : InAccord 10th Anniversary at Fellowship Chapel
Saturday September 10th : Dave McMurry, Detroit Mi
Saturday September 17th : 496 West, Lansing Mi
Thursday September 22nd : Al McKenzie Detroit Historical Museum
Friday September 23rd : Al McKenzie, Black Bottom play, Music Hall
Saturday Septemer 24th : Al McKenzie, Black Bottom play, Music Hall
Wendesday September 29th-Saturday October 1st : Kimmie Horne, Dirty Dog


October

Thursday October 6th : Kimmie Horne, MGM Grand
Saturday October 22nd : Al McKenzie, Bakers

Press Kit & More

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Al’s Resume

Occupation

Professional Pianist, Music Director, Band Leader, Composer, Educator, Producer, Arranger

Education

BA in Jazz Studies 2010, Associates Degree-General Studies Oakland Community College 2007, Associates Degree-Liberal Studies Oakland Community College 2007, Northwestern High School-Detroit, MI, Interlochen National Music Camp.

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Photos

Magic Bag

Magic Bag Album

Fox 2 News in Detroit Album

Fox 2 News in Detroit Album

Al & Friends Album

Al & Friends Album

Al at Work Album

Al at Work Album

Solo Work Album

Solo Work Album

Al & Fans Album

Al & Fans Album

Various Photos Album

Various Photos Album

Evening of Smooth Jazz Album

Evening of Smooth Jazz Album

Jones Girl Band 2010 Album

Jones Girl Band 2010 Album

Club Nikkos Album

Club Nikkos Album

Paris 2012 Album

Paris 2012 Album

July 4, 2012 Album

July 4, 2012 Album

Breakfast with Chopin 2012

Breakfast with Chopin 2012

Larry Crocket CD Release-Paris 2012 Album

Larry Crocket CD Release-Paris 2012 Album

Jazz Cafe Detroit 2013 Album

Jazz Cafe Detroit 2013 Album