René McLean is a multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, educator and producer, who began his musical training at the age of nine under the tutelage and guidance of his father, world-renowned alto saxophonist and educator Jackie McLean. René has performed and recorded as a leader and featured sideman with the crème de la crème of Black Musical tradition, to name a few -- Jackie McLean, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Tito Puente Orchestra, Horace Silver, Baba Olatunji, Hugh Masekela, Abbey Lincoln, and Dexter Gordon, as well as in collaboration with premier poet-activist Amiri Baraka. René has performed, conducted workshops and lectured at numerous universities and cultural programs throughout the world. He is the recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowship awards. René defines his music as "transcending socio-political and cultural boundaries - it's a universal language."