Cecil James McNeely, better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.
|Birth name||Cecil James McNeely|
|Also known as||King of the Honkers|
|Born||April 29, 1927, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Died||September 16, 2018, Moreno Valley, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Jump blues, West Coast blues, jazz blues, rhythm and blues|
|Years active||Late 1940s–2018|
|Labels||Cleopatra Blues, a division of Cleopatra Records Swingin' Records|
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.
His older brother Robert played baritone saxophone.
He and saxophonist Dave Koz are both from California.
- Jazz-blues saxophonists
- West Coast blues musicians
- Soul-jazz saxophonists
- Jump blues musicians
- Vee-Jay Records artists
- Imperial Records artists
- Savoy Records artists
- American rhythm and blues musicians
- American saxophonists
Latest information about Big Jay McNeely updated on June 20 2021.