- NAME: Jackie McLean
- OCCUPATION: Academic, Saxophonist
- BIRTH DATE: May 17, 1931
- DEATH DATE: March 31, 2006
- Did You Know?: Saxophonist Jackie McClean performed with such jazz legends as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus.
- EDUCATION: Benjamin Franklin High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hartford, Connecticut
- Full Name: John Lenwood McLean
- Nickname: Jackie
- Nickname: J-Mac
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American musician Jackie McLean is known for his innovative work as a jazz saxophonist and for his career as a music educator.
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McLean, who had been guided by more experienced musicians in his own youth, became a mentor to a younger generation of jazz artists. As a key figure in jazz history, he was interviewed for the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, which aired on PBS in 2001.
McLean died at age 74 on March 31, 2006, at his home in Hartford, Connecticut. He was survived by his wife and three children, sons Rene and Vernone and daughter Melonae.
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