- Jack McVea
Jack McVea (
November 5, 1914– December 27, 2000) was an American swing, blues, and rhythm and blues woodwindplayer; he played clarinetand tenor and baritone saxophone. His father was the noted banjoist Satchel McVea, and banjo was Jack's first instrument.
After playing jazz in Los Angeles for several years, he joined
Lionel Hampton's orchestra in 1940. From 1944 on he mostly worked as a leader. Perhaps his most impressive performance as a sideman in those years was at the first Jazz at the Philharmonicconcert in 1944. From 1966 till his retirement in the 1980s he led a group which played traditional jazz at Disneyland, called "The Royal Street Bachelors" in New Orleans Square.
McVea functioned as leader of the
Black & White Recordsstudio band and was responsible for coming up with the musical rifffor the words " Open the Door, Richard" that. Ralph Bassgot him to record it in 1946; it became immensely popular, entering the national charts the following year, and was recorded by many other artists.cite book
title= Honkers and Shouters
publisher=Macmillan Publishing Company
location= New York
pages= p. 226
id= ISBN 0-02-061740-2] [RJ Smith, "Richard Speaks! Chasing a Tune from the Chitlin Circuit to the Mormon Tabernacle", p. 75–89 in Eric Weisbard, ed., "This is Pop", Harvard University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-674-01321-2 (cloth), ISBN 0-674-01344-1 (paper).]
He is also known for his playing on
T-Bone Walker's " Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)"He also played on 1945's "Slim's Jam" by Slim Gaillard alongside Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
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