Hal McKusick

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.

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 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 1, 1924 (Medford), Died April 11, 2012 (Sag Harbor)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, reeds, tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 131 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82042 12/27/1951 You're the only one I love Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82043 12/27/1951 Don't be that way Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82255 2/6/1952 Sahara's aide Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82256 2/6/1952 Always Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82257 2/6/1952 Cherokee Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82605 4/3/1952 Everytime Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82606 4/3/1952 Lonesome and blue Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82607 4/3/1952 Sure thing Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82608 4/3/1952 Why not? Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88744 10/7/1955 O dem bums Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88745 10/7/1955 Nutty Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88746 10/7/1955 Zanzy Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88747 10/7/1955 Ida bridges falling down Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88955 11/8/1955 Zanzy Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88956 11/8/1955 Ida bridges falling down Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88957 11/8/1955 O dem bums Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 88958 11/8/1955 Close cover before striking Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89749 4/10/1956 Frank, but Ernest Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89750 4/10/1956 Close cover before striking Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89751 4/10/1956 From A to Z Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89752 4/10/1956 It looks like rain Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89753 4/11/1956 we three Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89754 4/11/1956 The flat cap Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89755 4/11/1956 The Sonn also rises Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89756 4/11/1956 Lmeon twist Larry Sonn Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 131 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McKusick, Hal," accessed January 26, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/206606.

McKusick, Hal. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/206606.

"McKusick, Hal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 January 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/206606

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