Al McKenzie

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Al McKenzie
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Photo by Nina Simone Simms-Bentley
Background Information

Full Name

Alonza McKenzie

Origin

Detroit

Genres

Soul, Jazz, R&B

Years Active

1992 - Present

Occupation

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

Label

AMAC Records

Website

almckenzie.com

About

Alonza McKenzie was born August 20, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. Being born into a supportive and musical family, it was only a matter of time before Al accepted his fate as a musician. With his mother having a piano in the house, he took to the piano at a very young age. Recognizing his talent and interest, his parents quickly found him a teacher. In a very short period of time, he began playing in the church and gained the title of "Child Prodigy". He surprised everyone by being able to play a host of instruments with ease and proficiency.


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 program sponsored by his non-profit organization In-Accord held on Sundays at Baker's Keyboard Lounge. In 2002 Al opened McKenzie Academy Of Music a music School located in Southfield and staffed it with professional musicians to teach.

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.


Al's Complete Resume


Discography

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External Links

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