Update Jim McNeely Follow

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: May 18, 1949

Jim McNeely was born in Chicago, and moved to New York City in 1975. In 1978 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He spent six years as a featured soloist with that band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (now The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). 1981 saw the beginning of Jim’s 4-year tenure as pianist/composer with the Stan Getz Quartet. From 1990 until 1995 he held the piano chair in the Phil Woods Quintet. At the present time, he leads his own tentet, his own trio, and he appears as soloist at concerts and festivals worldwide.

Jim’s reputation as composer/arranger and conductor for large jazz bands continues to flourish. In 1996 he re-joined The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra as pianist and Composer-in Residence. He is also artist-in-residence with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Other recent work includes projects with the Danish Radio Big Band (where he was chief conductor for five years), the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands), the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. The New York Times has called his writing “exhilarating”; DownBeat has said that his music is “eloquent enough to be profound”....
read more


CD/LP/Track Review

More articles about Jim McNeely

Primary InstrumentComposer/conductor

LocationMontclair, NJ

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundMusical Director: BMI Jazz Composers Workshop (1991-present) Graduate Composition/Arranging: Manhattan School of Music (2008-present) Arranging/Composition: William Paterson University (2002-present) Formerly Artist-in-Residence: NYU (1981-2008)

Clinic/Workshop InformationComposing and arranging for large jazz ensemble


  • BUY


    Origin Records
  • BUY


    Origin Records
  • BUY

    Group Therapy

  • BUY

    East Coast Blow Out

  • BUY

    Live at the Maybeck Recital Hall Series vol.20

  • BUY

    Winds Of Change

  • BUY

    From The Heart

View Discography Page

This information is provided by the musician profile administrator or discogs.com.

  • Ernie Banks

    Jim McNeely/Kelly Sill/Joel Spencer


There are no Jim McNeely events at Jazz Near You. Add one now.
Push your events to your social pages. Learn how here.
Rank: 1,006
Views: 12,897
Fans: 3
Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Reset password.

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.
Email Local Jazz Events!

Email Local Jazz Events

or search site with Google

Help improve the Jim McNeely profile

All About Jazz musician profiles are maintained by musicians, publicists and trusted members like you. Interested? Tell us why you would like to improve the Jim McNeely musician profile.

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.