This is not a post about death – so much as it is about life. A dynamite smile. An expansive heart. And a soul that transcended all barriers of age, race and economic class. With Jack McCray – it was only about being true, a quality he had the ability to pull out of each and every one of us.
Jack brought Charleston back from whence she came – into a soundscape of verve, vibe and vitality. Under his guidance, Jazz was reborn here. And even though he is no longer with us in body, his “Jackness” will live on. Every time you hear the somber note of a trombone, or the swish of a cymbal or the swing out of a saxophone – know that it is Jack, whispering in your ear, inviting you to remember…”You gotta find the good times inside”
In the heat of a Charleston November morning, we celebrated his life in a procession from his place of birth, to his place of rest. Thanks Jack.
For more on Jack (and by Jack) read:
The Protocol and Improvisation of Charleston – Jack McCray
Charleston Jazz – Jack McCray
Jazz Community Mourns Loss of Jack McCray – Charleston City Paper
In Memoriam: Jack McCray – Charleston Magazine
Remembering Jack McCray – Charleston City Paper
Jazz Advocate Jack McCray Dies – Post and Courier
Jack McCray – A Tribute – Charlie Magazine