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Saxophonist Jackie McLean Dies at 74

Saxophonist John “Jackie” McLean died at his home in Hartford, Conn., on March 31 after a battle with a long illness. His career spanned over 50 years and 14 albums.

McLean was born in 1931 in New York City. Jackie’s father, John Sr., played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw’s orchestra when Jackie was a child and inspired him to get involved in music. Jackie grew up in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem, the same neighborhood Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Charlie Parker once lived.

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