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Remembering Jay "Hootie" McShann

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Remembering Jay "Hootie" McShann

Remembering Jay "Hootie" McShann

Remembering Jay "Hootie" McShann

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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.