Big Jay McNeely

Real Name:
Cecil James McNeely
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Born April 29, 1927 in Watts, California.
Died September 16, 2018 at the Riverside University Health System Center.

An influential tenor saxophonist, Big Jay McNeely formed a band with Sonny Criss (alto sax) and Hampton Hawes (piano) while he was still in high school in the mid-1940s. In 1948 he began recording for Savoy Records, scoring a #1 R&B hit with "Deacon's Hop" in 1949. He pioneered a raucous, honking style of playing, and his acrobatic stage antics were well known. While performing, he would often leave the stage and play from the audience or on top of the bar. In the 1950s he performed with vocal groups, then retired from the music business in the early 1960s. In 1983 he began performing again.
Brother of Bob McNeely.
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MG 15045 Plays A Rhythm and Blues Concert — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay Mcneeley* Plays A Rhythm and Blues Concert(10", Mono) Savoy Records MG 15045 US 1955 Sell This Version
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395-530 Big Big Jay McNeely Big "J" In 3-D (Album) King Records (3) 395-530 USA & Canada 1956 Sell This Version
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W 1523 Recorded Live At Cisco's — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Recorded Live At Cisco's (Album) Warner Bros. Records W 1523 US 1963 Sell This Version
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1523 Recorded Live At Cisco's, Manhattan Beach, Calif. — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Recorded Live At Cisco's, Manhattan Beach, Calif.(LP, Album, Mono) Warner Bros. Records 1523 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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JLP-103 Swingin' — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Swingin' (Comp, Album) BIG J Records (3) JLP-103 US 1984 Sell This Version
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JLP-101 Loose On Sunset — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Loose On Sunset(LP) BIG J Records (3) JLP-101 US 1984 Sell This Version
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CH 111 From Harlem To Camden — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely From Harlem To Camden(LP, Album) Ace CH 111 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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CH 101 Big Jay McNeely Meets The Penguins — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Meets The Penguins Big Jay McNeely Meets The Penguins - Big Jay McNeely Meets The Penguins(LP) Ace CH 101 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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BP-505 Roadhouse Boogie — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Roadhouse Boogie (Comp) Saxophonograph BP-505 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
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JSPCD 218 Just For Me — Big Jay McNeely Nappy Brown , Special Guest Big Jay McNeely Nappy Brown , Special Guest Big Jay McNeely - Just For Me (Album) JSP Records JSPCD 218 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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JCD-109 Welcome To California! — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely & The Ronnie Mack Band Big Jay McNeely & The Ronnie Mack Band - Welcome To California!(CD, Album) BIG J Records (3) JCD-109 US 1990 Sell This Version
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848046-4 Jay Walkin' — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Jay Walkin' (Album) ABC Music 848046-4 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
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CHCD-7.543 Blow The Wall Down! — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Blow The Wall Down! (Album) Ornament CHCD-7.543 Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
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COL-CD-5131 Live At Birdland 1957 — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Live At Birdland 1957(CD, Album) Collectables COL-CD-5131 1992 Sell This Version
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AMC 1018, 319.1018.241 Blues At Daybreak — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely & Christian Rannenberg Big Jay McNeely & Christian Rannenberg - Blues At Daybreak(CD, Album) Acoustic Music Records, Acoustic Music Records AMC 1018, 319.1018.241 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
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TUF LP 0600 Honkin' Sax Riffs For Dj's — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Honkin' Sax Riffs For Dj's(LP) Tuff City TUF LP 0600 US 1993 Sell This Version
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319.1031.242 First Class Blues — Big Jay McNeely First Class Blues Band Featuring Karen Carroll & Big Jay McNeely First Class Blues Band Featuring Karen Carroll & Big Jay McNeely - First Class Blues(CD, Album) Acoustic Music Records 319.1031.242 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
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CDAM 91 Tonky Honk — Big Jay McNeely Diz Watson, Big Jay McNeely Diz Watson, Big Jay McNeely - Tonky Honk (Album) Amalthea CDAM 91 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
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Wonderland CD 319.9016.2 Fool For The Ladies — Big Jay McNeely Eb Davis Special Guest: Big Jay McNeely Eb Davis Special Guest: Big Jay McNeely - Fool For The Ladies(CD, Album) Wonderland Records (4) Wonderland CD 319.9016.2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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JCD-112 Cherry Pie — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely & Dana Gillespie Big Jay McNeely & Dana Gillespie - Cherry Pie (Album) BIG J Records (3) JCD-112 US 1997 Sell This Version
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OOS 2003-2, 00S 2003 Deacon's Hop Since 1949 — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely & The Bad Boys (15) Big Jay McNeely & The Bad Boys (15) - Deacon's Hop Since 1949(CD, Album) Out Of Space Records, Out Of Space Records OOS 2003-2, 00S 2003 1999 Sell This Version
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ATM1145 Central Avenue Confidential — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely Central Avenue Confidential(CD, Album) Atomic Theory ATM1145 US 1999 Sell This Version
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MR 0006 The Clutch — Big Jay McNeely Jesse Scinto & Big Jay McNeely Jesse Scinto & Big Jay McNeely - The Clutch(CD, Album) Marquis Records (6) MR 0006 US 2003 Sell This Version
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Col-cd-6377 There Is Something On Your Mind  — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely There Is Something On Your Mind (CD, Album) Collectables Col-cd-6377 US 2006 Sell This Version
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SWCD-716 The Deacon, Unabridged Volume 1 - 1948 - 1950 — Big Jay McNeely Big Jay McNeely The Deacon, Unabridged Volume 1 - 1948 - 1950(CD) Swingin' SWCD-716 Europe 2007 Sell This Version