Jackie McLean's Death Ends Decades of Inspired Jazz

Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean has died. Coming of age in the shadow of Charlie Parker, McLean mastered that saxophonist's style of bebop and went on to become an early advocate of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. McLean's performing and recording career spanned more than five decades. In 2000, the Hartt School of Music was renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

Jackie McLean during a 1962 recording session for his 'Let Freedom Ring' album. i i

hide captionJackie McLean during a 1962 recording session for his Let Freedom Ring album.

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Jackie McLean during a 1962 recording session for his 'Let Freedom Ring' album.

Jackie McLean during a 1962 recording session for his Let Freedom Ring album.

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In 2001, McLean was recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. That same year, he was inducted into Downbeat magazine's Jazz Education Hall of Fame. McLean died Friday at his home in Hartford, Conn., after a long illness. He was 73 years old.

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