Jay McShann

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by Jay McShann

Biography

James Columbus McShann, 12 January 1916, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 7 December 2006, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. After playing in many territory bands in the south-west and Midwest, pianist McShann settled in Kansas City in the mid-30s, playing in Buster Smith’s band, which also included Charlie Parker, in 1937. The following year, McShann formed his own unit which included Gene Ramey and Gus Johnson as well as Parker. By 1941, with the departure from Kansas City of Harlan Leonard,... Read more

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jazz
blues
swing
big band
piano
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