talking about dot, dot, dot…with jim mckinney

This post kicks off a new series entitled, “Talking About Dot, Dot, Dot,” where I have the privilege to interview various people on their thoughts about music, spirituality, creativity, and and how all of that ties into living life both as an individual and as a member of society.

In this interview I had the great pleasure to sit down and talk with Jim McKinney, fabulous jazz (and other styles) trombonist, music educator, musicologist and overall great guy. Among other topics Jim discusses how devotion to God orients his music making. And rather than suffer through me attempting to summarize what we talked about you can go ahead and listen to the whole thing here:

One book that Jim recommends is Max Lucado’s It’s Not About Me.


You can click here to go to to read more about it. And of course you can check for it in your local library or wherever you like to buy your books.

By the way we mentioned Bach signing his compositions with the Latin phrase Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone the glory). Here’s an example of that:


It was a sincere pleasure to get to talk with Jim, and very inspiring! Actually there was a lot of great conversation that didn’t get recorded, so I’m hoping that I can sit down with him again soon and talk some more.

Jim McKinney has played trombone for 30 years, and has music degrees from the University of Kentucky and Indiana University. He currently teaches music at Richmond Friends School, and gives private lessons on brass, beginning guitar, and beginning piano. Jim currently performs with Moment’s Notice, Solid Brass, Christ Presbyterian Praise Band, Richmond Civic Theatre, Richmond Jazz Orchestra, and freelances throughout the Richmond, Indiana local area. He can be contacted at

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