Sep 29, 2011 - McBee Homecoming Concert

Jazz Depot to host a special homecoming show for Cecil McBee.

McBee, a Tulsa native, will perform with his band at 8 p.m. Friday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St.

Tickets are $9-$30, and available by calling 918-596-7111, or online at

McBee attended Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School, where he played clarinet before switching to the double bass, the instrument on which he has built an impressive career as band leader, sideman, composer, educator and recording artist.

He's worked with many of the leading names in jazz, beginning with Dinah Washington, and continuing with such artists as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Yusef Lateef, Keith Jarrett, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Alice Coltrane.

He was part of the ensemble that earned a Grammy Award in 1987 for the album "Blues for Coltrane," and he has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the New Music School in New York City.

His Tulsa concert - which will feature Christian Contreras and Craig Handy on tenor saxophone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, George Cables on piano and Billy Hart on drums - will be McBee's last performance in the U.S. before beginning a month-long tour of Japan.