READING, Pa. – Over seven many years, he and his tenor saxophone have shared the stage with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
“I performed behind these guys,” stated McKenna. “It was sort of a kick to be a part of that, you understand?”
In brief, McKenna has forgotten extra jazz than most have performed.
“I am 84 years previous and I have been enjoying since I used to be 14,” he stated. “Once I was younger and truly began enjoying, Sinatra was already a significant star and Tony Bennett was changing into a significant star.”
McKenna is a cornerstone of the Philly Jazz scene, and he is taking his skills simply up the turnpike to Berks Jazz Fest with a number of reveals, together with a present Wednesday night time on the DoubleTree.
“The factor is, music kind of chooses you, you do not actually select it,” he stated. “It is simply one thing that is simply part of your DNA.”
McKenna is blissful to see jazz is alive and nicely, and hopes the following technology can take word.
“There’s all the time a sure variety of youngsters that say ‘hey that music’s fairly neat.’ After which subsequent you understand they’ve a horn of their hand. So so long as that retains happening, that is signal.”