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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

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A Reason to Be

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The Hit Collection

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Is it Love

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Events

Shows

Date City Venue Country
10/30/14 undisclosed Private United States
10/29/14 undisclosed Private United States
10/25/14 Detroit, MI Bakers Keyboard Lounge United States
Address: 20510 Livernois Ave. Venue phone: (313) 345-6300.
10/24/14 Detroit, MI Carr Center -Motown Panel United States
10/19/14 N. Carolina With Martha Reeves United States

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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 Album

Fox 2 News in Detroit Album

Al & Friends Album

Al at Work Album

Solo Work Album

Al & Fans Album

Various Photos Album

Evening of Smooth Jazz Album

Jones Girl Band 2010 Album

Club Nikkos Album

Paris 2012 Album

July 4, 2012 Album

Breakfast with Chopin 2012

Larry Crocket CD Release-Paris 2012 Album

Jazz Cafe Detroit 2013 Album