Born: May 19, 1935 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Cecil McBee - acoustic double bass
Cecil McBee was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His musical career began at high school, where he played the clarinet. By the age of 17 and after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, Cecil had begun to experiment with the string bass and played steadily at local night clubs with top groups. His musical education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, was interrupted by his induction into the US army. Here he spent two years as the conductor of the 158th Band at Fort Knox, Kentucky. There he developed a personal study of the possibilities of bass composition and improvisation. By the time he graduated from college, Cecil realized that although he had prepared for a career in education, he was more inspired by jazz improvisation....