The Johnson/McKinney Quintet is one of the most venerable jazz groups in South Dakota. Sharing a love for jazz, the duo began performing in concert, clinics, and jazz clubs in 1975.
Deeply dedicated to Jazz Education, Corliss Johnson and James McKinney have been associated with adjudications, concerts, clinics, and jazz festivals throughout the upper Midwest. Faculty recitals have had them playing with artists such as Ronnie Bedford, Connie Evingson, Steve Wright and a host of regional talent.
The Johnson/Mckinney Quintet is committed to music that celebrates the “Great American Songbook”. Their selections from the Big Band Era include tunes from Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, and many other instrumental Giants of Jazz.
Perfect for any venue, these Jazzers not only Swing, they Entertain!