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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”....
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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

Music

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    Boneyard

    Origin Records
    2008
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    Boneyard

    Origin Records
    2007
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    Group Therapy

    OmniTone
    2001
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    East Coast Blow Out

    Telarc
    1994
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    Live at the Maybeck Recital Hall Series vol.20

    Telarc
    1992
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    Winds Of Change

    Telarc
    1990
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    From The Heart

    Telarc
    1985
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    Jim McNeely/Kelly Sill/Joel Spencer
    Boneyard

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