For Jackie McLean, music is a family affair. His father played the guitar, and his son Rene is a follower of the saxophone. Since the late forties, Jackie has played alto saxophone with some of the best: Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Paul Bley, George Wallington, and Art Blakey. Since 1958, when he formed his Quintet, he has toured and recorded on several occasions. Since 1968, Jackie McLean has devoted much of his time to teaching. Nevertheless, he still performs in concert with the rough and deep-seated style of playing for which he is renowned.