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October 29, 2008 "Hootie" to his friends, bluesman supreme Jay McShann served as the living legacy to Kansas City jazz. As bandleader, pianist, singer and composer, McShann was an unsung yet influential figure. During the '40s, his orchestra became an important launching pad for prominent soloists including Charlie Parker.
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April 27, 2007 Jay McShann, nicknamed "Hootie," helped define the Kansas City style of jazz, which mixed blues and boogie woogie. In this program from 1980, McShann talks about those early days in Kansas City and meeting a young sax player named Charlie Parker.
December 8, 2006 The Kansas City pianist-vocalist-bandleader died yesterday at the age of 90. Saxophonist Charlie Parker played with McShann's orchestra (where he earned the nickname "Bird") and made his recording debut on McShann's Hootie Blues in 1941. McShann was the subject of the 1978 film Hootie Blues, and was featured in Clint Eastwood's documentary Piano Blues. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1987, and received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1996. This interview originally aired on Oct. 8, 1987.
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