Born: May 16, 1982
Over the past four years, Michael McNeill has become an integral part of the thriving creative music scene in Buffalo. His imaginative piano playing has found a home alongside jazz players ranging from Maynard Ferguson- alumnus Bruce Johnstone (on Kelly Bucheger’s House of Relics) to local underground hero Steve Baczkowski, and he has developed a personal voice on the harmonium in crossover ensembles led by percussionist Ravi Padmanabha. McNeill performs composed music with the Wooden Cities New Music Collective, co- leads a jazz quintet with the polymath drummer John Bacon, and has collaborated with trumpet legend Paul Smoker on projects of standards and of original compositions. McNeill composes for, plays in, and facilitates the New Buffalo Jazz Octet, “a veritable who’s who list of killer regional jazz players” (The Buffalo News)....
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Credentials/BackgroundI've taught piano lessons since 2000 to students ranging in age from 5 to 83. I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music. I currently teach at Pro Music Center in Clarence, NY, and have taught piano (primarily under the course heading "Jazz Keyboard Skills") at Villa Maria College since Fall 2012.