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Big Jay McNeely still has sax appeal at 90, and Maestro Kahane says, 'I'm not retiring!'

Published May 10, 2017 at 2:39 PM PDT
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Off-Ramp host John Rabe with 90-year old sax legend Big Jay McNeely outside McNeely's home in South LA.
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Off-Ramp host John Rabe with 90-year old sax legend Big Jay McNeely outside McNeely's home in South LA.

In the 1950s, saxophonist Big Jay McNeely (left) - now 90 - got teenagers so excited that city officials wouldn’t let him play in LA for a while. ... We do in-depth with Jeffrey Kahane, who is about to play his final concerts as musical director of the LA Chamber Orchestra. ... Anatomy of Innocence, a new collection of memoirs by people who have been exonerated after being jailed for major crimes. ... In “They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They?,” cultures and personalities clash as a silent film director tries to make a movie at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Sitting at the most beautiful piano in the world, Jeffrey Kahane gives us a preview of his final concert as maestro of the LA Chamber Orchestra
Leonard Nimoy, James Whitmore, Union Station, and giant ants! What's not to love. Come to a free outdoor screening of 1954's "Them!"
Off-Ramp's jazz correspondent Sean J. O'Connell talks with the irrepressible showman and sax master Big Jay McNeely, who'll be honored May 17 at The Grammy Museum in Downtown LA.
“Anatomy of Innocence” is a new anthology that tells the stories of over a dozen people who were convicted of crimes they did not commit.
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