Jay McShann & Duke Robillard

    Jay McShann & Duke Robillard

    • Jay McShann & Duke Robillard
    Jay McShann & Duke Robillard

    Jay McShann & Duke Robillard

    • Jay McShann & Duke Robillard

    Jay McShann & Duke Robillard

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        The great veteran pianist Jay McShann (also known as Hootie) enjoyed a long career and it is unfair to primarily think of him as merely the leader of an orchestra that featured a young Charlie Parker. He was mostly self-taught as a pianist, worked with Don Byas as early as 1931 and played throughout the Midwest before settling in Kansas City in 1936. McShann formed his own sextet the following year and by 1939 had his own big band. In 1940 at a radio station in Wichita, KS, McSh... Read more

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