Dr. Alvin McKinney (www.dralvinmckinney.net) is a Virtuoso Alto Saxophonist, song writer/composer, arranger, and producer. He started his musical journey playing drums at age four. At age twelve, he picked up his first Saxophone. It became his first passion, and the focus of his career aspirations in music. He attended the University of Memphis, where he studied Classical Saxophone under Professor of Saxophones, Mr. Allen Rippe. He performed with the Marching Band, Jazz Band, and won the Woodwind Concerto competition in 1986. He graduated in 1989 with a concentration in Saxophone Performance. He went on to study Saxophone Performance under world renowned Professor of Saxophones, Mr. Donald Sinta, at the University of Michigan Master’s Program, where he taught Jazz Styles as a Graduate Assistant under Mr. Ed Sarath. He holds a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate in Sacred Music from the Global Evangelical Christian College and Seminary, in Wetumpka, Alabama.
Dr. McKinney taught band and orchestra for 14 years. He resigned in 2013, stepping out on faith to pursue his lifelong dream to perform, record, and compose music full time. While teaching, he attended National University in Culver City, California; where he completed 18 credit hours of the Masters in Music Education curriculum. He serves as the Assistant Pastor and Minister of Music for Redeemer Church of Christ-Power of God Ministries. He is the founder of the Alvin & Elizabeth McKinney Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt charitable organization that raises funds to provide musical outlets and purchase instruments for aspiring young people who cannot afford to buy their own instrument.
Dr. McKinney hosted Joyful Jazz Ministries, on Cross TV Network, live, first Tuesday of every month from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pacific Time, in Duarte, CA, which featured Christian Artists and Producers in all Music Genres, from November 2015 to April 2016. He also hosted The Joyful Jazz Show, live from Roscoe’s Media Center Studios in Los Angeles, CA, from October 2013 to November 2015 (82 Broadcasts).
Over the years, Dr. McKinney has performed or recorded with such industry giants as B. B. King, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Kirk Whalum, Billy Preston, Phil Upchurch, Lou Rawls, Jason Crabb & the Crabb Family, Andrae Crouch, The Batiste Family, and Morris Cerullo World Evangelism. He performed at the 2016 NAMM-Legere Reeds, Inc. booth. He ministered in Dubai for the “International Gathering of Firebrands” Revival, invited by Pastor Ade Ojedokun. He’s toured in Ghana, Russia, and throughout the West Indies. In Barbados, he received the Face of Africa-Ambassador of Human Rights Award from the International Gathering for Peace and Human Rights of Africa. He has headlined at the House of Blues’ Gospel Brunch in Hollywood, CA with Sylvia St. James; and with Ray Sidney & The Firm Soundation. He has performed for Jarvee Hutcherson’s Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s (MMPA) “Ladys In Red-Diamond Rose Awards”-“Stand Up For Cancer” Benefit; and toured with Dr. Iris Stevenson and the Crenshaw Elite Choir in France, Notre Dame, Moneco, Tunisia, Spain, Switzerland; Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. at the White House for President Barack Obama.
He plays flute, clarinet, midi wind controller, keyboard, drums, and auxiliary percussions. He performs Classical, Traditional Jazz, Swing Jazz, Gospel Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Dixieland, R & B, Soul, Pop, and Funk. Dr. McKinney holds Artist Endorsements with Keilwerth Saxophones, Beechler Mouthpieces, Légère Reeds LTD, Audio Technica Inc., and KORG USA. He is an Artist/Clinician with The Buffet Group; a member of The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local #47, and a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science (NARAS). He is the full package, with over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry.
“Dr. Alvin McKinney plays music that is blessed by the angels. It heals you!” Iris Gordy, President, Friends of Fuller B. Gordy; former V.P., Motown Records
“There is a devotion to one’s craft which delightfully overlaps with a devotion to one’s God, one’s passion, and one’s purpose. When you can meet and spend time with a person such as this, you are doubly, triply (etc.) blessed. Alvin McKinney is one such person. His passion for music and his ministry “oozes” out of him, out of his horn, even out of his emails! People are hard-pressed not to know what he is working on, how he is working on it, and how he eventually wants to use it for God’s glory…sooner than later. I am pleased to and honored to recommend and celebrate Rev. McKinney and all that he brings to the worlds of music and ministry.” Blessings, Kirk Whalum, Saxophonist/CEO, Soulsville Foundation, Inc. – Grammy Award Winner
“Brother Alvin is a power alto artist. It is my privilege to be his friend and it is my privilege to be his fellow artist. As an Artist, Alvin McKinney touches the inner fiber of any musician and any producer. Alvin has certainly done that for me. His creative process accentuates his professional musical talent. Everyone moved by his music learns how to become a better artist and a better person.” Daniello De Laurentiis/Guitar Virtuoso – Grammy Award Winner
“You played from your soul…I’m sure that you’ve played with some of the biggest names in the world…you’re right up there with the best of them, and I’ve heard a lot of great Artists.” William Kidston, Three Time Award Emmy Winning Photographer, Television, Camera and Film Maker
“Dr. Alvin McKinney is in my ears and heart a sax player from Heaven. Listen and meet the Spirit of Healing and Peace. Just what America (and the rest of the world) needs these days…” Hans Christian Faerden, Editor, State of Globe, Norway