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.
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Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Musical 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)
Composing and arranging for large jazz ensemble