[JPL] God Bless Jackie McLean

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Sat Apr 1 09:49:26 EST 2006


What a wonderful musician and very nice person.  Another master gone.
-Dr.

At 12:28 AM 4/1/2006, you wrote:
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>Jazz alto saxophonist Jackie McLean dies at 73
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>HARTFORD, Connecticut --Jazz alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, a
>performer and educator who played with legendary musicians including
>Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, died Friday. He was 73.
>
>McLean, a contemporary of some of the 20th century's most famed jazz
>musicians, died at his Hartford home after a long illness, family
>members told The Hartford Courant.
>
>McLean was founder and artistic director of the Jackie McLean
>Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. He and
>his wife, actress Dollie McLean, also founded the Artists Collective,
>a community center and fine arts school in Hartford's inner city
>primarily serving troubled youth.
>
>University of Hartford President Walter Harrison said Dollie McLean
>called him Friday with news of her husband's death.
>
>Harrison said that despite his many musical accomplishments, McLean
>was a modest man whose connections with his students lasted for
>decades after they left his classroom.
>
>"He fully understood the way that jazz as an art should be passed down
>to students," Harrison said. "He saw his role as bringing jazz from
>the 1950s and '60s and handing it down to artists of today."
>
>McLean, a native of Harlem in New York City, grew up in a musical
>family, his father playing guitar in Tiny Bradshaw's band. McLean took
>up the soprano saxophone as a teen and quickly switched to the alto
>saxophone, inspired by his godfather's performances in a church choir,
>he told WBGO-FM in Newark, New Jersey, in an interview in 2004.
>
>McLean went on to play with his friend Rollins from 1948-49 in a
>Harlem neighborhood band under the tutelage of pianist Bud Powell.
>Through Powell, McLean met bebop pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker, who
>became a major influence on the young alto saxophonist.
>
>He made his first recording when he was 19 on Miles Davis' "Dig"
>album, also featuring Rollins, which heralded the beginning of the
>hard-bop style.
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>In the 1950s, McLean also played with Charles Mingus and Art Blakey's
>Jazz Messengers, experiences that he credited with helping him find
>his own style.
>
>"I never really sounded like Bird, but that was my mission," McLean
>said in the WBGO radio interview. "I didn't care if people said that I
>copied him; I loved Bird's playing so much. But Mingus was the one
>that really pushed me away from the idea and forced me into thinking
>about having an individual sound and concept."
>
>McLean made his first recording as a leader in 1955. He drew wide
>attention with his 1959 debut on Blue Note Records, "Jackie's Bag,"
>one of dozens of albums he recorded in the hard-bop and free jazz
>styles for the label over the next eight years. His 1962 album "Let
>Freedom Ring" found him performing with avant-garde musicians.
>
>In 1959-60, he acted in the off-Broadway play "The Connection," about
>jazz musicians and drug addiction. McLean, a heroin addict during his
>early career, later went on to lecture on drug addiction research.
>
>In 1968, after Blue Note terminated his recording contract, McLean
>began teaching at the University of Hartford. He taught jazz,
>African-American music, and African-American history and culture,
>setting up the university's African American Music Department, which
>later was named in his honor.
>
>He took a break from recording for much of the 1980s to focus on his
>work as a music educator, but made his recording comeback in 1988 with
>"Dynasty," and later re-signed with Blue Note. His last Blue Note
>recordings included "Fire and Love" (1998), featuring his youthful
>Macband with son Rene McLean on tenor saxophone, and the ballads album
>"Nature Boy" (2000).
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>He received an American Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest
>jazz honor, from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2001, and
>toured the world as an educator and performer.
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>THE JACO PASTORIUS BIG BAND CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WORD ON THE LEGACY OF 
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>The Word Is Out! features: Jaco Pastorius, Gerald Veasley, Victor Wooten,
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>''Most musicians that I know absolutely appreciate the contribution Jaco 
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>It's up to us to make sure folks don't forget.''
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>Marcus Miller
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>Following the success of Word of Mouth Revisited, the critically acclaimed 
>and award winning 2003 release on Heads Up International, the Jaco 
>Pastorius Big Band has crafted a second chapter in their ongoing tribute 
>to the brilliant legacy of the bassist/composer/arranger from whom they've 
>taken their name. The Word Is Out!
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>On this second outing, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band again addresses Jaco's 
>compositional genius, this time with newly expanded arrangements of pieces 
>that harken back to 1976, that pivotal year in Jaco's career when he 
>appeared on three near-simultaneous releases - Weather Report's Black 
>Market, Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life and his own self-titled debut - 
>that stand today as major landmarks in his fabled career.
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>Set for international release on Heads Up on March 28, 2006 Radio 
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