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Jackie McLean

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17 May 1932 — 31 Mar 2006
United States United States

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1956
Album has 5 releases
1956
Album has 2 releases
1956
Album has 2 releases
1957
Album has 5 releases
1959
Album has 2 releases
1959
Album has 3 releases
1960
Album has 2 releases
1961
Album has 2 releases
1961
Album has 2 releases
1963
Album has 2 releases
1963
Album has 3 releases
1965
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1968
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1980
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1989
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1993
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1995
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1996
Album has 4 releases
1996
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2000
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2004
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2004
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2006
Album has 2 releases
2006
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Biography

John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean (May 17, 1931 – March 31, 2006; some sources give 1932 as his year of birth) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and educator, born in New York City. His early recordings as leader were in the hard bop school. He later became an exponent of modal jazz and avant-garde jazz without abandoning his foundation in hard bop. Throughout his career he was known for his distinctive tone (often described with such adjectives as withering, piercing, or searing), his slightly sharp pitch, and a strong foundation in blues.

His father, John Sr., who died in 1939, played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra. After his father's death, his musical education was continued by his godfather, by his stepfather, who owned a record store, and by several noted teachers. He also received informal tutoring from neighbours Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker. During high school he played in a band with Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, and Andy Kirk, Jr. (the tenor saxophonist son of Andy Kirk).

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