is the Chair of the Department of Music of College of Alameda. Currently serving as the pianist for the Count Basie Orchestra, his credits include musical director of the Boys Choir of Harlem, pianist for Regina Belle, Melba Moore, Diane Reeves, Marlena Shaw, Will Downing, Bobby Hutcherson, Gerald Albright and more.
has composed scores for successful feature films and worked as an arranger for legendary jazz bassist and composer Stanley Clarke. His credits include over 60 films and television shows such as “Boyz N The Hood”, “The Transporter”, “Romeo Must Die”, “Pawn Stars”, “Mob Wives” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. Mckinney has also scored for NatGeo TV, “Inside America’s Money Vault” and “Bridging the Gap: The State of Black Relationships”.
Janice Maxie Reid
is a 30+-year veteran music educator in vocal, piano, and performance, currently on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. Her students included Victoria Theodore (Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé’), Ryan Coogler (Director of Black Panther), and 12-time Grammy nominee Ledisi (Prince). Janice has shared her gifts while traveling the world, performing in tributes to Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin and for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
is a Bay Area native with numerous performances and participation in Certificate of Merit and National Guild events. A Bachelors degree in Psychology led to work with children on the autism spectrum, in addition to providing services as a behavioral therapist. Combining that experience with an additional Bachelors of Music, Michaela focuses on performing, composition, and teaching, offering a unique insight into how music effects us all.