Primary Instrument: Trumpet
John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For nearly three decades John has toured with his own groups and has received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer. His highly personal trumpet style communicates across the full range of contemporary jazz, and his compositions combine harmonic freedom with melodic accessibility. John's restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music.
His background includes the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, and the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra. John is equally at home in free and structured settings, and this versatility has put him on stage with artists from Slide Hampton to John Abercrombie....
McNeil's solos were by and large the most incisive features of the night. --London Daily Mail
John McNeil's music is not a dim echo of someone else. He thinks for himself. --Milwaukee Journal
Mr. McNeil's trumpet work is full and rich with a bright, clear tone. His improvisations showed a sensitivity and lushness few can match. --Kansas City Star
...a balance of understatement and uninhibited swinging. --Washington Post
...his refusal to fall back on prefabricated hip licks was another sign of his commitment to emotional truth. --Chicago Tribune
...as soon as he put mouth to horn, his talent was evident.... [He has] a generous supply of fresh and original ideas... adventuresome without being self-indulgent. --St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch