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John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean was an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in New York City. 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). He recorded with Miles Davis, on Davis' Dig album, when he was 19 years old

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Article: Live Review

Camilla George At The MAC

Read "Camilla George At The MAC" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Camilla George The MAC jny:Belfast, N. Ireland June 25, 2022 It was a sell-out crowd for Camilla George's Belfast gig, the penultimate stop on a ten-date tour of Ireland. In part, this no doubt reflected people's hunger for live music after the socio-cultural privations of lockdown, but above all, it ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jackie McLean

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jackie McLean

All About Jazz is celebrating Jackie McLean's birthday today! John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean was an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in New York City. 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 ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves

Read "Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Nat Reeves Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR April 11, 2021 The April 2022 edition of Ted Ludwig's “Jazz At The Joint" welcomed Hartford, Connecticut-centered bassist Nat Reeves to The Joint's stage in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Reeves has spent the last 40 years performing and recording with the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Town Hall: Satchmo to Cecil

Read "Town Hall: Satchmo to Cecil" reviewed by David Brown


I picked up a Blue Note box set titled One Night with Blue Note Preserved. It contains a concert presented at Town Hall, NYC in February of 1985 which relaunched the historic label after years of dormancy. Tonight, in addition to selections from this concert—Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner and others—we'll explore other live recordings ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

Read "Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums" reviewed by Chris May


"Fire! That's what people want. Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life. You're supposed to make them turn around, pat their feet. That's what jazz is about. Play with fire. Play from the heart, not from your brain. You got to know how to make the two meet." So ...

Article: My Playlist

Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Manolo Cabras: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Annette Peacock, An Acrobat's Heart (ECM, 2000) Un album incredibilmente bello di una delle figure più misteriose, sfuggenti e seducenti ai margini del jazz. 2. Bill Laswell, Baseline (Elektra Records, 1983) A volte il primo album rimane il migliore. 3. Paul Motian Trio ...

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Article: Album Review

Jared Hall: Seen on the Scene

Read "Seen on the Scene" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


With Seen On the Scene, his Origin Records debut, trumpeter Jared Hall offers up the sort of fresh bebop/post bop sounds found on the Blue Note Records label in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Horace Silver and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers seem to serve as touchstones, as does pianist / composer Tad Dameron, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Charles Mingus was rarely a happy man and yet his music possessed a power to uplift listeners unlike that of most other composer / bandleaders before or after him. It still has that power in 2021, four decades after his passing and on the eve of his hundredth anniversary in 2022. In his personal life, too, ...

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Article: Interview

A Conversation with Jackie McLean

Read "A Conversation with Jackie McLean" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 1998. All About Jazz: You grew up in the same neighborhood as Bud Powell. How did he impact your life? And, what was Bud Powell the man like? Jackie McLean: He certainly lived in the vicinity of my ...


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