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Saxophonist Jackie McLean

Growing up in Harlem in the 1930s and '40s, Jackie McLean (1932–2006) was literally surrounded by legends. He recalls the informal tutoring that he received from neighbors such as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker and the recordings he made with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Charles Mingus as a young man. We visit McLean in his classroom at the Hartt School at the University of Harford, where he taught for more than 25 years. McLean created the university's African American Music Department (now the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz) and its jazz studies degree program.

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