|Tags:||jazz trumpet bebop hard bop saxophone|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
6 March 1918, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, d. 17 July 1987, New York City, New York, USA. During the late 30s, McGhee played trumpet in several territory bands in the Midwest before moving to Detroit, where he became well known in that citys lively jazz scene. He first enjoyed major success with Lionel Hampton in 1941; however, he quickly moved on, joining Andy Kirk, for whom he wrote arrangements and was featured soloist. Although he was to work in other big bands of the early 40s, including Charlie Barnets and Georgie Aulds, McGhee soon became most closely associated with bebop. From the mid-40s he could be heard playing in clubs and on records with Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others. He was present on the notorious Parker recording session for Dial Records that produced Lover Man and was, in fact, largely responsible for salvaging the session from potential disaster when Parker broke down.
During the 50s,...