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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: April 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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”What can you expect when a talented trio of performers, equally at home in jazz originals and jazz improvisations, as well as contemporary avant-garde classical music, and who all happen to be accomplished composers get together? Judging from the first performances of the resAUnance trio—vocalist Esin Gündüz, keyboard player Michael McNeil and the legendary local percussionist John Bacon—you can expect to hear a distinctive sound, centered on the ethereal, wordless singing of Gündüz, which will take you to places you haven’t experienced before.” — Jan Jezioro, ArtVoice

“I often despair of my inability to sort out the vast wave of piano trios that come my way, but sometimes I'm caught by surprise — just rarely by someone I've never heard of before...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationBuffalo, NY

Willing to teachBeginners

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.

Music

Featured recording “Passageways”

Passageways

Self Produced
2013
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    Passageways

    Self Produced
    2013
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