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Remembering Jackie McLean
A wake will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Benta’s Funeral Home, 630 St. Nicholas Ave., in Harlem. Get directions to Benta’s Funeral Home.
A funeral service will take place on Friday, April 7, at 10 a.m., at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place (West 138th St.), also in Harlem. Get directions to Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Jackie and Dollie McLean Family Fund, 85 Gillette St., Hartford, CT, 06105. Contributions will benefit the Artists Collective, Inc., and the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
McLean, an internationally renowned alto saxophonist, founder of The Hartt School’s jazz studies program, and co-founder (with his wife, Dollie) of the Artist’s Collective in Hartford, died on March 31 at the age of 74.
Read McLean's obituary in the April 4 Hartford Courant, and send online condolences.
In an April 4 editorial, titled "Hartford's Jazz Legend," the Courant paid tribute to McLean's legacy at The Hartt School and the Artist's Collective, noting that "he helped turn jazz into an academic discipline in a way that it hadn't been before." Read the Courant editorial.
Members of the University of Hartford community shared their remembrances of McLean Monday.
“The Hartt School will certainly miss Jackie, as indeed will the musical world in general,” said Malcolm Morrison, dean of The Hartt School. “Jackie was one of the true legends in jazz, who brought his extraordinary musical talent and all-encompassing humanity to the students at The Hartt School with a vigor and affection that was unparalleled.
“The School was happy to name the jazz program ‘The Jackie McLean Institute’ to honor and acknowledge the founder of this very distinguished program,” Morrison said. “Jackie stood for quality, humanity and artistry and we are proud of the great gift that he gave us in his presence and guidance.”
President Walter Harrison noted that in his early years at the University, McLean taught African-American history as well as jazz. “A number of alums remember those classes with great fondness,” Harrison said. “A lot of students beyond those studying jazz benefited from the knowledge of the African-American culture and history that Jackie taught them.”
Read more tributes to McLean from members of the University community.
Read more about McLean in the April 3 issue of UNotes Daily.