The Jimmy McGary Project


Everybody Digs Jimmy McGary   CONTINUES TO NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO REACH OUR GOAL

PLEASE WATCH THE TEN MINUTE TRAILER

I have traveled 10,000 miles and shot 25 hours of footage with artists such as:

Fred Hersch: 12 Time Grammy Nominee
Lynn Seaton: Bass Instructor North Texas State University

David Mathews: Arranger for James Brown, Composer, Pianist
Pat Kelley: Leader Pyschoacoustic Orchestra, Composer, Pianist
Rick VanMatre: Saxophonist, Composer, Emeritus Director Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Jazz Program
Lou Lausche: Bassist
Chuck Fertal: Drummer with Mal Waldren, Reggie Workman, Chico Freeman, New York Free Quartet
Steve Schmidt: Pianist Blue Wisp Big Band, Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Member
Katie Laur: Singer Songwriter
Carol McGary: Wife of Jimmy McGary

All Contributions Are Tax Deductible

Principal researcher Christopher Braig, working in collaboration with Jimmy's son Sean, will create a documentary film, book and collection of recordings never heard by the general public. These recordings will be restored using the latest audio restoration technology.  ​

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CONTACT CHRISTOPHER BRAIG WITH ANY QUESTION REGARDING THE PROJECT
thejimmymcgaryproject@gmail.com


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What is the Jimmy McGary Project?

The Jimmy McGary Project is a comprehensive examination of the Music Life & Legacy of one of the most influential musicians in Cincinnati music history.

The Project was conceived in four parts ensuring a lasting musical, historical and scholarly resource as well as providing the highest level music instruction to under-served K-12 students.

The Documentary

Directed and produced by Christopher Braig the film will explore Jimmy’s music from the standpoint of those who knew him best.  A comprehensive collection of interviews with be interwoven with recordings, live performances and all the the materials in the possession of the McGary family.  

The Collected Recordings

An extensive collection of recordings spanning four decades will be brought into the 21st Century using digital audio tools that have only been available for a few years. Many of these priceless recordings are on tape and have never been digitized.

The Book

Jimmy McGary The Best Music You’ve Never Heard will combine history and education into a powerful teaching tool.  The jazz legacy has been maintained through the one to one passing of skills from the master to the student.  Published by Jazz Brain Training LLC the book will include solo transcriptions and analysis.

Nonprofit Educational Program

The Jimmy McGary project will continue to evolve as a nonprofit program providing private saxophone and small group jazz instruction to under-served students in grades K-12.  In addition to lessons and materials students will have high quality well maintained instruments and if needed transportation to their lessons, rehearsals and performances.

Donations ()

  • Andrew Layton 
    • $250 
    • 17 mos
  • Mark Overton 
    • $100 
    • 17 mos
  • Dale Sharkey 
    • $100 
    • 17 mos
  • Greg Fishman 
    • $50 
    • 17 mos
  • Tim Hand 
    • $50 
    • 17 mos
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Organizer

Christopher Braig 
Organizer
Saint Louis, MO
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