Born to Clarence Howard and Bessie (Walton) McKinney in Detroit, MI.
Conducts college coursework at Wayne State University until 1955.
Plays the trombone and euphonium with Benny Golson and Art Farmer for JAZZTET.
Plays the trombone with Slide Hampton in New York City until 1963.
Plays the trombone with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra in New York City until 1972 and for James Moody until 1972.
Is named the Artist Deserving Wider Recognition by Downbeat Magazine.
Is a trombone and euphonium player for Joe Henderson until 1974.
Is a trombone and euphonium player for Archie Shepp until 1986.
Marries Ima Polly Vann on December 29; Is an instructor at the New Muse Community Museum in Brooklyn, NY until 1980.
Plays the trombone for Aretha Franklin until 1976.
Is a National Endowment of the Arts Grantee.
Is a trombone player for the Broadway show “Dancin’” until 1982.
Plays the trombone and euphonium with Frank Foster Big Band.
Plays the trombone for the Illinois Jacquet Big Band in New York City until 1987.
Plays trombone and euphonium with the Clifford Jordan Big Band in New York City and is involved with Jazzmobile.
Receives the New York City Board Education Parent Leadership Award; Is involved with the Jackie Robinson Marching Band through today.
Is involved with New York City Housing Authority Performing Arts Program.
Maintains membership with the Universal Jazz Coalition, National Jazz Organization and American Federation of Musicians.
Is co-founder of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.