A swinging Christmas album full of original tunes!
A Bull City Holiday
Release date: November 25, 2019
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Keenan McKenzie plays saxophone and clarinet at dance events across the country, frequently appearing with Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders, The Mint Julep Jazz Band, and The Jonathan Stout Orchestra.
His debut album, Forged in Rhythm, features 15 new swing tunes that have been used for classes, competitions, and routines around the world.
This project inspired him to form Keenan McKenzie and the Riffers, a dance band built around original material and tight arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s.
Based in Durham, North Carolina, Keenan maintains a full roster of private students and teaches saxophone at NC State University.
About The Album
Music composed and arranged by Keenan McKenzie
except Auld Lang Syne, an 18th century poem by Robert Burns, based on a traditional melody.
Personnel (long list!)
Anne Bennett, tenor saxophone [2,6,7,11,12]
Lucian Cobb, trombone [2,3,7,9,11,12]
Jim Crew, piano [5,6,8]
Meggan Cashwell, vocals 
Daniel Faust, drums [all tracks]
Billie Feather, guitar 
Jason Foureman, bass [3,9]
Lynn Grissett, trumpet [2,7,11,12]
Aaron Hill, alto saxophone [2,3,7,9,11,12]
Jim Ketch, trumpet [2,3,7,9,11,12]
George Knott, bass 
Ben Lassiter, guitar 
William Ledbetter, bass [1,2,4,5,6,7,8,11,12]
Shaena Ryan Martin, baritone saxophone [2,6,7,11,12]
Renée McGee, trumpet [2,6,7,11,12]
Keenan McKenzie, tenor saxophone & clarinet [all tracks]
Marcia McKenzie, vocals 
Woody McKenzie, fiddle 
Chip Newton, guitar [2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12]
Wes Parker, trombone [2,7,11,12]
Paul Rogers, trumpet [5,6,8]
Kyle Santos, trumpet [2,7,11,12]
Al Strong, trumpet [1,4,10]
Alan Thompson, alto saxophone [2,7,11,12]
Robert Trowers, trombone [2,7,11,12]
Shana Tucker, vocals 
Tamisha Waden, vocals 
Mark Wells, piano [1,2,4,7,9,10,11,12] vocals [1,4,5,10]
Laura Windley, vocals [3,7,9,11]
Dave Wright, trombone [1,8,10] vocals 
Recorded at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, August 23-24, 2019
Engineered/mixed/mastered by Jason Richmond
Cover painting by Collin Williams (@artbycollin)
Inspired in part by Conway Li Photography