Jay McShann
Born: 1909

“The Last of the Blue Devils”

Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s,
and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie,
established what came to be known as the Kansas City
sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over
powerful but relaxed rhythmic pulse.

James Columbus McShann was born in Muskogee, Okla.,
Jan. 12, 1916. He learned to play piano as a young boy by
tagging along with an older sister to piano lessons and
imitating music… Continue

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