Andy McGhee

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born on 3/11/1927 in Wilmington, NC, United States

died on 12/10/2017

Andy McGhee

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(Andrew) Andy McGhee (born November 3, 1927, Wilmington, North Carolina) is a tenor saxophonist and educator.

Andy McGhee
Birth name Andrew McGhee
Born November 3 1927Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
Field jazz musician, educator
Training New England Conservatory

Andy McGhee graduated from New England Conservatory in 1949 and worked for a short time with trumpeter Roy Eldridge and local Boston musician Fat Man Robinson. After marrying in 1950, McGhee served in the Army in Korea and at Fort Dix, New Jersey where he played in an army band and gave lessons to other musicians. From 1957 to 1963 McGhee worked in Lionel Hampton's band, touring the United States, Europe, and the Far East. His composition, McGhee, can be found on the recording, The Many Sides of Lionel Hampton. McGhee worked with Woody Herman from 1963 to 1966.[1]

McGhee joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music in 1966. Among McGhee's many students are noted saxophonists Bill Pierce, Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Sam Newsome, Richie Cole, Greg Osby, and Ralph Moore. While devoting his time thereafter to teaching, McGhee wrote three notable music instruction books: Improvisation for Saxophone and Flute: The Scale/Mode Approach and Modal Strategies for Saxophone.

On March 15, 1978, Andy McGhee performed the with Lionel Hampton and the Lionel Hampton Alumni Band as part of The Boston Globe Jazz Festival. The band included Bob Wilber, clarinet, Ernie Wilkins, saxophones, Teddy Wilson, piano, Alan Dawson and Terri Lynne Carrington, drums and Hampton on vibraphone. The performance marked the 50th anniversary of the start of Lionel Hampton's career as a professional musician.[2]

In the early 1990s, McGhee toured with Lionel Hampton as member of the Golden Men of Jazz tour. The band featured Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Al Grey, and Benny Golson. The Golden Men of Jazz played concerts throughout Europe and on returning to the United States played for President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C.[3]


As a Leader:

  • Could it Be (1993)

As a Sideman:

  • Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, The Many Sides of Lionel Hampton (Glad Hamp, 1961)
  • Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, The Many Sides of Hamp, Vol. 2 (Ember Records, UK, 1963)
  • Phil Wilson, Getting It Altogether (Outrageous Records, 1978)


  1. "Andy McGhee". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. (1988). Ed. Barry Kernfeld. New York, New York: St. Martin's Press. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  2. Nathan, Norm, Heaven with Hampton, The Boston Globe, March 16, 1978, pp. 31. URL accessed on 2011-08-21.
  3. Hennessey, Mike (November 28, 1992). "Despite its Limited Size, German Jazz Market Catered to By An Abundance of Labels, Venues and Events". Billboard: pg. 60.
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