Pianist and band leader Jay McShann was born in Oklahoma in 1916. He can speak first-hand about the hot bed of jazz that was Kansas City in the 1930's. As a contemporary of Count Basie, Jay was in on the formative years of big band Swing and his Blues based piano style has fortunately been recorded consistently since the late ‘30's. He was instrumental in producing hit records for Blues vocalists Walter Brown and Jimmy Witherspoon and will hold a place in jazz history as Charlie Parker's first serious employer. Jay has been the subject of two films, "Hootie Blues" and "Last of the Blue Devils" and still travels the world playing his unique brand of piano.
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