Death of Jay McShann

January 12, 1916 - December 7, 2006
Kansas City, Missouri | Age 90

Leading figure in Kansas City jazz scene, dies at 90
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Jay "Hootie" McShann, a jazz pianist and bandleader who helped refine the blues-tinged Kansas City sound and introduced the world to saxophonist Charlie Parker, died Thursday. He was 90.

McShann died at St. Luke's Hospital. The cause of death was not released, but close family friend Kathe Kaul, co-founder of the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, said McShann had entered the hospital within the past week with a respiratory ailment.

McShann, whose musical career spanned...

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