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Saxman Darron McKinney is a Police Officer for the Detroit School District Police and a former Wayne County Sheriff Deputy. In the 1980s, he majored in criminal justice and music education 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. As a newcomer trying to make inroads into the smooth jazz scene, he's off to an above average start. ~ Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide Darron McKinney is an imposing physical presence but a gentle musical giant nonetheless. DJ Markie Bee's Comments - Ah, that smooth jazz has the old Skool steppers slow drag beat. This is from Darron McKinney's CD called Feel Like Makin Love. It's definitely a danceable song for the steppers. (Release February 14 2009). As the testimonials say below, this artist is well known across the world. Don Smith - Radio Port Phillip 98.7 & 98.3 FM Melbourne Victoria Australia McKinney studied with the legendary Alvin Batiste, Music is certainly not foreign to McKinney, who is in a family of 10 siblings who also play musical instruments and sing. He is also a recipient of a Black Entertainment Television (BET)Jazz Discovery Award and often compared to the late Grover Washington Jr. Natasha Washington - Jazz Review. His sax playing style will remind you of Najee and George Howard. His sound is crisp and clean, very professional. In addition to Smooth Jazz, he also plays Inspirational and Christian Music. Mike James Smooth Jazz and More. Very touching music…perfect for relaxing and meditating to. Kenny Wako Joy Radio 89.6FM Malawi South Africa. Absolutely fantastic album from Darron. I thought that I was listening to Kenny G when I first played the CD!! Great music,well produced and very easy to listen to time and time again…….I trust that we will hear more from Darron in the near future. Terry Neal 101FM Logan City Queensland Australia. Darron is a true artist and I love his music. This is the smooth jazz style and one of my favs. Keith West The Fusion Intrusion show KVMR in Nevada City, Ca. Superb Jazz that every Jazz lover should hear. I thank the Artist for the excellent contribution to Jazz.

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