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Where are you located?
Detroit, MI
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Record Label, Educator, Arranger, Composer, Business Manager, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
Occupation
Professional Pianist, Band Leader, Composer, Educator, Producer, Arranger

Education
BA in Jazz Studies, Wayne State University, May 2010,
Associates Degree-General Studies & Liberal Arts, Oakland Community College 2004,
Northwestern High School-Detroit, MI,
Interlochen National Music Camp

Performances with
Howard Hewitt, Dennis Coffee, Roz Ryan, Enchantment, The Miracles, Theo Peoples, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Anita Baker, Jean Carne, The Jones Girls, Norman Connors, Ali Woodson, Martha Reeves, Penny Wells, The Spinners, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Jennifer Holiday, Etta James, Kim Weston,
The Shirelles, Marcus Belgrave, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra,

Affiliations
President AMAC Record, President In-Accord (a 501© 3 Organization for youth music students) American Federation of Musicians Local 5, Entertainment Commission Task Force-City of Detroit, BMI, NAACP, United Negro College

Arrangements for
Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, The Temptations, Penny Wells, The Spinners, Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, Kim Weston, Bloomfield Michigan Symphony, 100 Year Celebration of the Car (Detroit)

Accomplishments
2010 – Charles Walton Advocate Award Semi Finalist, Local 5
2010- The Loughead-Eldredge Endowed Scholarship in Piano
2008 Certificate of Appreciation City of Detroit for work with Detroit Bring it
2008 Spirit of Detroit Award for Performing in Benefit for Motown Museum
2007 Outstanding Coach Award for work with Detroit Eagles
(Think Detroit, Little League Football)
2007 Certificate of Appreciation City of Detroit for work with Detroit Bring it
2006 Detroit Music Achievement Award,
2005 Detroit Music Awards Domination,
1992 Hennessey Jazz Competition with Crock Pot,
1991 Hennessey Jazz Competition winner with Gwen Lassiter
1976 Scholarship to Interlochen Center for Creative Arts





Discography
Al McKenzie – A Reason to Be, Al McKenzie – Is It Love, Ron Tyson, The Temptations, Crystal, A Touch of Blue (Australia), Annett Fowler, Oleta Adams, Randy Scott, Penny Wells, Ray Alexander, B.B. Queen, Fellowship Chapel Gospel Chorus, Steve Michael Newby, Larry Crockett, Charmaine Elliott, The Four Tops and many more.

Produced cd’s for:
The Temptations, Penny Wells, Martha Reeves, Larry Crockett, Ron Tyson, Annett Flower, A Touch of Blue, Detroit Bring It, 100 Year Celebration of the Car (Detroit)

Teaching Experience
Private piano lessons, Washtenaw Community College, Kids & Jazz, Detroit Public Schools Masters Clinic, Olivet College, Vancouver High School-Vancouver BC, Act So Program Mentor NAACP.

Educators
Arthur Lebrew, Teddy Harris, Charles Coleman, Ernie Rodgers, Edward Gooch, Earl Van Dyke

Tours
Throughout the US, England, Germany, Berlin, Paris, Belgium, Canada, South America, Bermuda. Australia, Hong Kong, St. Thomas VI, Puerto Rico

Community Involvement
NAAACP Act-So Program - Selection Committee Advisor A showcase for Detroit area residents. Finalist would advance to the national level competitions,

Usher’s New Look Camp Detroit Chapter Selection Committee 2009 - A showcase for Detroit area residents. Finalist would advance to the national level competitions, held in Atlanta.

Detroit Bring It Board Member 2009- A talent search competition for Detroit area residents.

In-Accord – President & CEO -In-Accord is a 501© 3 non profit organization, which promotes youth music students through mentoring and support. In-Accord’s involvements include, but are not limited to:

Kids & Jazz – A free music workshop for Metro Detroit music students held at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge every Sunday.

If Only for One Moment – Middle school and High School students are showcased to be considered for the Teddy Harris Scholarship Award.

The Teddy Harris Jr. Award - Provides scholarships to Interlochen Center for the Arts.

A Legacy of Excellence Award - Is presented to a person which has exhibited a commitment to the nurturing and development of music in the community

The Spinet - In-Accord’s newsletter, which highlights young musicians, events, and information
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Michelle Lyons
What Instrument do you play?
Piano
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.almckenzie.com and www.in-accord.org
When Is Your CD Scheduled For Release?
January
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At 3:00pm on April 23, 2011, EDSON LUIZ KRUG said…
                                       HI MISTER AL, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL BEAT JAZZ.BUT, IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...FULL TIME JAZZ PROGRAMATION...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I SAY THAT BECAUSE I INTRODUCE TWO HOURS WEEK, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR   THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE RIGHT NOW. I AM PROUD TO SAY, MY BRAZILIAN JAZZ RADIO SHOW IS THE MOST HEARD IN SOUTH AMERICA. I LIKE TO MIX STYLES AND SOLO WORKS. I WRITE THIS MESSAGE IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST DESIRE IS TRY FEATURE IN BRAZIL MORE SWING AND GROOVE MUSIC. THINK ABOUT. REGARDS. EDSON.
At 7:30am on August 25, 2010, Nicolas Bearde said…
Hey Al:
Adding friends to my page, and thought you might enjoy one of my latest recordings, " Wild is the Wind".
Yours in song
Nicolas
 
 
 

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