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Jay McShann

Born: Jan 12, 1916

Death: Dec 7, 2006

Birthplace: Muskogee

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Jay McShann

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1916
Date of Death : Dec 7, 2006
Birth Place : Muskogee

James Columbus "Jay" McShann was a jump blues, mainstream jazz, and swing bandleader, pianist and singer. During the 1940s, McShann was at the forefront of blues and hard bop jazz musicians mainly from Kansas City. He assembled his own big band, with musicians that included some of the most influential artists of their time, including Charlie Parker, Bernard Anderson, Ben Webster and Walter Brown. His kind of music became known as "the Kansas City sound".


  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Soldier
  • Pianist
  • Bandleader
  • Jazz Pianist

Also known as

  • Hootie
  • Jay Mc Shann
  • Jay Mc Shann
  • James Columbus McShann
  • McShann, Jay


  • Marianne McShann


  • Pam McShann
  • Linda McShann Gerber
  • Jayne McShann Lewis

Awards Won

  • Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
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