Jack McVea (November 5, 1914 – December 27, 2000) was an American swing, blues, and rhythm and blues woodwind player; he played clarinet and tenor and baritone saxophone. His father was the noted banjoist Satchel McVea, and banjo was Jack McVea's first instrument.
Born John Vivian McVea in
, and playing jazz in Los Angeles,
Angeles for several years, he joined Lionel Hampton's
orchestra in 1940. From 1944 on he mostly worked as a leader. Perhaps his most
impressive performance as a sideman in those years was at the first Jazz at the
Philharmonic concert in 1944. From 1966 till his retirement in the 1980s he led
a group which played traditional jazz at Disneyland,
called "The Royal Street Bachelors" in New
Orleans Square. The good looking
"bachelors" as they thought, created their bands name after
performing for the first time on Royal Street.
The trio consists of the following men- Jack McVea, Herb Gordy and Harold
McVea was leader of the Black & White Records studio band and was responsible for coming up with the musical riff for the words "Open the Door, Richard". Ralph Bass got him to record it in 1946 and it became immensely popular, entering the national charts the following year, and was recorded by many other artists.