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Jay McShann (1916–2006)

Blues musician Jay McShann was born in Muskogee, OK, in 1916. As a young man he taught himself to play the piano. At 20 years of age he moved to Kansas City, MO, and secured gigs playing in the city's jazz clubs and lounges. He normally played with a quartet, but in 1938 he expanded that to a seven-piece band, expanding it again to an 11-piece ... See full bio »

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American Splendor
American Splendor Soundtrack
Married Life
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 2014 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Massacres and Matinees (2014) ... (performer: "Hot Biscuits" - uncredited)
 2007 Married Life (performer: "Black Train Blues", "Geronimo", "Thinking About My Baby", "You Turned Your Back On Me") / (writer: "Black Train Blues", "Geronimo", "Thinking About My Baby", "You Turned Your Back On Me")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Piano Blues (2003) ... (performer: ""piney Brown Blues", "Mission Ranch Blues", "Hootie's Blues") / (writer: "Mission Ranch Blues", "Hootie's Blues")
 2003 American Splendor (performer: "Blue Devil Jump" (1977), "Taint Nobody's Bizness (If I Do)" (1923))
 2000 Hanging Up (performer: "Once Upon A Time")
 1943 Vine Street Blues (Short) (writer: "Vine Street Blues")
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 2010 Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way (TV Movie documentary)
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary)
- Piano Blues (2003) ... Himself
 1997 Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (TV Special documentary)
 1992 Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian (Video short)
 1979 The Last of the Blue Devils (Documentary)

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Album: "Kansas City Hustle" (Sacksville Records). See more »

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McShann set up his first band at Martin's in Kansas City, MO, in 1937. Among the sidemen were altoist Charlie Parker (who got his start here), tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette and blues singer Walter Brown. The group was signed to a recording contract with Decca Records, which further cemented its popularity. McShann disbanded the band in late 1943 to join the military, reforming in 1945 with a... See more »



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