Rene McLean at Scullers Jazz Club
Rene has performed and recorded as a leader and featured sideman with the creme de la creme of Black Musical tradition such as: the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Lionel Hampton – All Stars, Tito Puente Orchestra, Ray Charles Orchestra and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, to the smaller ensembles of : Jackie McLean, Horace Silver, Woody Shaw, Dr. Bill Taylor, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Jaco Pastorius, as well as in collaboration with premier poet-activist Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Jayne Cortez/Fire Spitters and as Musical Director/ Composer for the production of Ntozake Shange’s play “For Colored Girls…." McLean has also appeared in the movie Cotton Club and advertising adds for BASF and Smith & Barney Investments.
For over 5 decades, Rene McLean served as Protege/Apprentice to his Father, the legendary alto saxophonist Jackie McLean; twenty of those years as Musical Director to the numerous ensembles Jackie and Rene co-led. Rene McLean maintains an active travel/performance career leading his own band and various related projects Rene is a Professor of African American music on the faculty of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford, and Master Artist /Director In -Resident of Music at the Artists Collective, Hartford CT. McLean has performed at many international & national festivals, conducted workshops and lectured at numerous universities and cultural programs worldwide.