Jackie McLean was an American jazz saxophonist born on May 17, 1931 in New York City, New York. He passed away on March 31, 2006 in Hartford, Connecticut at the age of 74. With a career spanning several decades, McLean made significant contributions to the world of jazz music.
Known for his unique sound and improvisational skills, McLean was highly regarded among his peers and fans alike. His music showcased a blend of traditional jazz elements with innovative techniques, creating a distinct style that set him apart from other artists.
Influenced by greats such as *Kenny Dorham*, *Freddie Hubbard*, and *Tina Brooks*, McLean collaborated with numerous talented musicians throughout his career. Some notable names include *Joe Henderson*, *Oliver Nelson*, and *Andrew Hill*. These collaborations resulted in groundbreaking albums that further solidified McLean's reputation as a true master of his craft.