Hal McKusick

Hal McKusick

born on 1/6/1924 in Medford, MA, United States

died on 11/4/2012 in Sag Habor, Long Island, NY, United States

Links www.jazzwax.com (English)

Hal McKusick

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Hal McKusick (1 June 1924 – 11 April 2012) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist, who worked with Boyd Raeburn from 1944 to 1945 and Claude Thornhill from 1948 to 1949.[1]

McKusick was born in Medford, Massachusetts. In the early 1950s he worked with Terry Gibbs and Don Elliott. McKusick also released albums under his own leadership, including a 1957 album for Prestige titled Triple Exposure.

At that time he made many recordings with groups led by George Russell[1] and Jimmy Giuffre. A fine example of his solo playing can be heard on All About Rosie, the lead track on the suite for orchestra featuring Bill Evans (written by George Russell and conducted by Gunther Schuller), recorded live at the Brandeis Jazz Festival in 1957.

In 1958 Hal McKusick led a small group with Bill Evans that recorded Cross Section - Saxes which included contributions from Art Farmer, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay, and Barry Galbraith. For this album, McKusick commissioned arrangements from George Handy, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell and Ernie Wilkins. He also worked on sessions with other prominent jazz musicians including Lee Konitz and John Coltrane.

In his later years he taught at the Ross School in East Hampton, New York.

On April 11, 2012, McKusick died of natural causes at the age of 87.[2]


As leader

As sideman

With Manny Albam

With Kenny Burrell

  • Earthy (Prestige, 1957)

With Al Cohn

  • Mr. Music (RCA Victor, 1955)

With Benny Golson

  • Take a Number from 1 to 10 (Argo, 1961)
With Coleman Hawkins
  • The Hawk in Hi Fi (RCA Victor, 1956)

With Woody Herman

  • Songs for Hip Lovers (Verve, 1957)

With Lee Konitz and Jimmy Giuffre

  • Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve, 1959)

With Gil Melle

  • Gil's Guests (Prestige, 1956)

With Helen Merrill

  • The Artistry of Helen Merrill (Mainstream, 1965)

With Charlie Parker

  • Big Band (Clef, 1954)

With Jackie Paris

  • The Song Is Paris (Impulse!, 1962)

With George Russell

  • The Jazz Workshop (RCA, 1956)
  • New York, N.Y. (Decca, 1959)

With Dinah Washington with Quincy Jones and His Orchestra

  • The Swingin' Miss "D" (EmArcy, 1957)


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Hal McKusick: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ Colleen Reynolds (2012-04-13). "Hal McKusick, Prominent Jazz Musician And Ross School Teacher, Dies at 87". East Hampton Press. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 

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