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The McKinleys

John and Craig McKinley performed extensively as the “The McKinleys” on stage shows and for private and corporate events on the West Coast during the 1970s and 1980s. They were an opening act for a number of nationally known artists, including Ginger Rogers, Sid Caesar, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Helen Reddy, Pearl Bailey, Burl Ives, and performers on the Lawrence Welk Show. They performed at some of the most iconic venues in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Palm Springs, Portland, Seattle, Sun Valley, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When not traveling, John and Craig played local engagements and did radio and television appearances in the Portland, Oregon area. For years, John and Craig were guest-featured artists with the Norman Leyden-led Oregon Symphony Pops Series – including a tour throughout the state of Oregon during the Bicentennial – and the Seattle Symphony Pops Orchestra. During this time, John led his own bands and performed with other prominent Portland-based jazz and Dixieland bands, which Craig would join on occasion. John’s recent musical activity centers on his studio teaching, writing, and recording. Craig plays with several jazz ensembles in the Portland area and regularly has sessions with his dad to play and work on new arrangements.

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