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Howard McGhee

tr, 1918-1987 US, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Musician of Jazz

Howard McGhee (born March 6, 1918, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - died July 17, 1987, New York City, New York, USA) was one of the very first bebop jazz trumpeters, together with Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Idrees Sulieman. He was known for lightning-fast fingers and very high notes. What is generally not known is the influence that he had on younger hard bop trumpeters, together with Fats Navarro. Howard McGhee was raised in Detroit. During his career, he played in bands led by Lionel Hampton, Andy Kirk, Count Basie and Charlie Barnet. Howard McGhee was the one that brought bebop in California in 1946, a fact that was disapproved by older musicians like Kid Ory.

  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
The Skunk - Remastered on The Fabulous Fats Navarro by Fats Navarro & Tadd Dameron
Perdido - Live At Carnegie Hall, New York / 1947 on The Complete Jazz At The Philharmonic On Verve 1944-1949 by Various Artists
Groovin' High on Dusty Blue by Howard McGhee
Dusty Blue on Dusty Blue by Howard McGhee
Sleep Talk on Dusty Blue by Howard McGhee
Donnellon Square - 1998 Digital Remaster on Howard McGhee / Introducing The Kenny Drew Trio by Howard McGhee & Kenny Drew
Lo-Flame - 1998 Digital Remaster on Howard McGhee / Introducing The Kenny Drew Trio by Howard McGhee & Kenny Drew
Flyin' Colors on Dusty Blue by Howard McGhee
I Concentrate On You on Dusty Blue by Howard McGhee
The Sound of Music on Dusty Blue by Howard McGhee

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Title Artist Year Type
West Coast 1945-1957Howard McGhee2013Compil.
Together Again!Teddy Edwards, Howard McGhee2012Compil.
Home RunHoward McGhee & Benny Bailey1999Album
Complete Savoy & Dial Masters (Leader Sessions)Howard McGhee1999Compil.
1948Howard McGhee1999Compil.
1946-1948Howard McGhee1999Compil.
Wise In TimeHoward McGhee, Teddy Edwards1998Album
Howard McGhee - Introducing The Kenny Drew TrioHoward McGhee / The Kenny Drew Trio1998Compil.
Cool FantasyHoward McGhee1997Compil.
On Dial - The Complete SessionsHoward McGhee1995Compil.
The Bebop MasterHoward McGhee1990Album
Sonny Stitt Featuring Howard McGheeSonny Stitt Featuring Howard McGhee1988Compil.
Wise In TimeHoward McGhee, Teddy Edwards1985Album
Young At HeartHoward McGhee & Teddy Edwards1983Album
Howard McGhee All Stars & SextetHoward McGhee All Stars / Howard McGhee With Fats Navarro / Howard McGhee Sextet1983Compil.
Howard McGhee / Sonny StittHoward McGhee / Sonny Stitt1983Compil.
Europa JazzHoward McGhee, James Moody, Zoot Sims1982Album
SpecialHoward McGhee1981Compil.
JazzbrothersHoward McGhee1978Album
Here Comes FreddyHoward McGhee & Illinois Jacquet1978Album
MaggieHoward McGhee1977Compil.
The Heat's OnRoy Eldridge, Howard McGhee1976Compil.
Modern Trumpet LeadersConte Candoli, Dizzy Gillespie, Howard McGhee, Red Rodney1976Compil.
Trumpet At TempoHoward McGhee1976Compil.
Live Recording At The "Birdland" New York, September 1952Coleman Hawkins Quintet, Roy Eldridge, Howard McGhee1976Album
The Sharp EdgeHoward McGhee1966Album
House Warmin'Howard McGhee1963Single
House Warmin'Howard McGhee1963Album
A Date With GreatnessColeman Hawkins, Howard McGhee & Lester Young1962Album
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And OutHoward McGhee1962Album
George Gershwin's Porgy And BessGeorge Gershwin, Mel Tormé, Frances Faye With Betty Roché, George Kirby, Johnny Hartman, Sallie Blair, Frank Rosolino, Loulie Jean Norman, Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Russell Garcia Conducting The Studio Orchestra, The Australian Jazz Quintet, The Pat Moran Quartet, The Stan Levey Group And Maynard Ferguson, Cat Anderson, Howard McGhee, Herbie Mann, Paul Gonsalves, Ralph Sharon, Johnny Hodges1962Album
Maggie's Back In Town!!Howard McGhee1961Album
Together Again!Teddy Edwards / Howard McGhee1961Album
With Malice Towards NoneHoward McGhee1961Single
Dusty BlueHoward McGhee1960Album
Swinging Lester YoungLester Young With Howard McGhee, Chico Hamilton, Willie Smith, Curtis Counce, Joe Albany, Vic Dickenson, Irving Ashby1958Compil.
West Coast Jazz ConcertDexter Gordon, Barney Kessel, Wardell Gray, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, Harry Babasin, Howard McGhee1957Album
The Return Of Howard McGheeHoward McGhee1956Album
Don't Blame Me / TweedlesHoward McGhee1956Single
Transpicuous / You're Teasing MeHoward McGhee1956Single
Lover Man / Lullaby Of The LeavesHoward McGhee1956Single
Life Is Just A Bowl Of CherriesHoward McGhee1956Album
FlipFlip Phillips And His Orchestra Featuring Howard McGhee, Bennie Green1956Compil.
New Volume 6 (Formerly Vols.8, 9, and 10)Jazz At The Philharmonic featuring Flip Phillips, Bill Harris, Jo Jones, Illinois Jacquet, Howard McGhee, Ray Brown, Hank Jones1955Album
The Howard McGhee Sextet With Milt JacksonHoward McGhee & Milt Jackson1955Album
Howard McGhee Volume 2Howard McGhee1953Album
Be bopHoward McGhee1952Album
Hollywood Jazz Session - Vol. 1Dexter Gordon / Wardell Gray / Howard McGhee / Trummy Young / Barney Kessel / Hampton Hawes, Ken Kennedy, Leroy Gray1952Album
Howard McGhee All StarsHoward McGhee All Stars / Howard McGhee1952Album
Dizzy Gillespie And Modern TrumpetsDizzy Gillespie And Modern Trumpets Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Howard McGhee1952Compil.
Bopin' BopHoward McGhee1949Album
Oodie Coo BopHoward McGhee, Lucky Thompson, Jack McVea, Irving Ashby, Jimmy Bunn, Red Callender1949Album
Bopera - Part 3 / 4Howard McGhee / Sonny Criss1947Album
The Hunt - Part 1 / 2Howard McGhee / Sonny Criss1947Album
Big NoiseHoward McGhee1946Album
Big Noise Part 2 / Big Noise Part 3Howard McGhee1946Album
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 64Duke Ellington / Thad Jones / Kenny Dorham / Howard McGheeCompil.
Gene Norman Presents "Just Jazz"Wardell Gray And Erroll Garner And Howard McGheeSingle
Cubop CityHoward McGheeAlbum
Rare Broadcast PerformancesColeman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Howard McGheeAlbum
Howard McGhee PlaysHoward McGheeSingle
Swing Sessions 10 - 1946-1950Kenny Clarke, James Moody, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, Howard McGhee, John LewisCompil.
Roy Aldrige + Howard McgheeRoy Aldridge, Howard McGheeAlbum
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