October, 27th 2018
Illinois Black Panther Member
The Black Panther Party(BPP) was one of the most influential organizations of the 1960's-1970's USA uprising. Its combination of direct social services, intense political education and militant revolutionary activity by African Americans helped inspire other racial groups to adapt their model to their own situations. McKinney shares his experiences from 50 years ago in 68’, the birth year of the Illinois Black Panther party. They do a compare and contrast segment of how things have changes since 68’ and also what things are yet the same.
He lived in NYC for many years and played with some ace jazz leaders, Curtis Miller, Louis Hayes (Maurice Brown was in the band with him). In 2003 his senior year of high school he was in the All Star HS Grammy Band led by Justin Dicoccico. He met one of his mentors there. Stephen Colbert's music director and band leader of the Late Show, Jon Batiste. He lives in Chicago now, but travels between both cities performing, gigging with the who's who in the jazz world. This is his debut CD, self titled and self produced, IVAN TAYLOR.