Big Jay McNeely (Saxophonist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Cecil James McNeely, known as Big Jay McNeely, is an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.

Birth name: Cecil James McNeely
Born: Apr 29, 1927, Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres: Jump blues, West Coast blues, jazz blues, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Tenor saxophone
Years active: Late 1940s–present
Labels: Cleopatra Blues, a division of Cleopatra Records

About Big Jay McNeely

R&B Hall of Famer known for his raucous stage antics and helped popularize “honking.” He has made many appearances at the International Boogie Woogie Festival.

Before Fame

He made his first recordings with his brother and with drummer Johnny Otis.


He quit the music industry in 1971 to become a postman.

Family Life

His older brother Robert played baritone saxophone.


He and saxophonist Dave Koz are both from California.

Information related to Big Jay McNeely

  • Jazz-blues saxophonists
  • Soul-jazz saxophonists
  • West Coast blues musicians
  • Jump blues musicians
  • Vee-Jay Records artists
  • Imperial Records artists
  • Savoy Records artists
  • Blues Hall of Fame inductees
  • American rhythm and blues musicians
  • American saxophonists

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