Big Jay McNeely

Big Jay McNeely's Death

Born (Birthday) April 29, 1927

Death Date September 16, 2018

Age of Death 91 years

Cause of Death Prostate Cancer

Place of Death Moreno Valley, California, United States

Profession Saxophonist

The saxophonist Big Jay McNeely died at the age of 91. Here is all you want to know and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

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.

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

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

Personal Life

His older brother Robert played baritone saxophone.

He and saxophonist Dave Koz are both from California.

How did Big Jay McNeely die?

Big Jay McNeely, a tenor saxophonist whose crazed stage antics and honking style of rhythm-and-blues presaged the rise of rock-and-roll in the 1950s, died Sept. 16 at a hospital in Moreno Valley, Calif. He was 91. His son, Richard McNeely, confirmed his death from prostate cancer.