Born: February 10, 1966 Primary Instrument: Sax, soprano
Last Updated: February 27, 2010
Saxman Darron McKinney is a Police Officer for the Detroit School District Police. In the 1980s, he majored in criminal justice and jazz studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge La, under 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 are Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Jimmy Heath, Roy Ayers, Betty BEBOP Carter,Joe Sample, Cuba Gooding Sr., Regina Belle, Mikki Howard and Waymen Tisdale.
Darron McKinney’s CDs have been played all over the world, in such places as South Africa, Australia and England. After studying music at Southern University in Louisiana over 20 years ago under the tutorship of the legendary Alvin Batiste, McKinney has gone on to perform with such music giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Joe Sample, Cuba Gooding, Sr. of the “Main Ingredient” and many more. He is the recipient of the “Discovery Award,” presented by BET ON Jazz, and has been compared to the late Grover Washington, Jr. by JazzReview.com.
“Darron’s music is very touching…perfect for relaxing and meditating to,” said Kenny Wako of Joy Radio 89.6 FM in Malawi, South Africa. In Australia, it’s more of the same. “Darron plays superb jazz that every jazz lover should hear. I thank the artist for the excellent contribution to jazz,” added Yarden ben Yoakov of Radio and Media Productions in Australia.