Recordings 1968 to 1988

Complete Interviews

Full-Length Video Stone Valley Jazz Festival

Ebook With Compositions  - Photos - Interviews

The complete film is available on Film Freeway.  If you enjoy the Film please consider a donation to the family of Walter Ramin.  Walter lost his battle with cancer at the age of  42 and leaves behind a wife and two daughters. 


Jimmy McGary (1926-1993) was a force of nature on the tenor saxophone and a 20th Century American Master. Often called "daddy jazz" by those around him he was regarded as the center of jazz saxophone in the region for decades.   McGary possessed a brilliant mind and could speak on any subject.

Jimmy's influence continues even as his recordings have gone virtually unheard for decades. The film contains more than a dozen rare recordings spanning the years 1968 to 1987.  All but two being taken from radio broadcasts of live performances and rapidly decaying amateur reel to reel and cassette tapes.

Christopher Braig traveled 25,000 miles and for more than a year filming in New York City, Cincinnati, Louisville, Washington DC and Boston.

This is the story of a much-neglected artist and intellectual who lived a difficult life at times but overcame his struggles to leave a lasting legacy as an artist, mentor, and father.  Jimmy McGary remains one of the most beloved figures in Cincinnati music history to this very day.