John McLean John McLean

Jazz guitarist John McLean's 25 year career has included work as a performer; composer; arranger; producer;bandleader,and educator.

Since completing studies at The Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and the University of Miami (M.M.), Mclean has toured throughout the world performing and recording in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has appeared and recorded with such artists as Kurt Elling; Mose Allison; Dave Douglas; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Patricia Barber; Randy Brecker; Adam Nussbaum; Arthur Blythe, and many more.

John's latest recording, “Better Angels” features his exciting septet in a program of original music and innovative arrangements of jazz classics. The project reflects McLean's increasing interest in combining jazz improvisation with more elaborate compositional structures and fresh instrumental settings.

John McLean is currently based in the Chicago area and is on the music faculties of Roosevelt University and North Central College.


Album Reviews
Read more articles
“No jazz musician in Chicago can more quickly electrify a tune or galvanize an audience...” Chicago Reader
Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Advanced only


John McLean Concerts

Date Detail Price
The Eric Hochberg Trio
Catch 35
Chicago, IL

Albums by John McLean

Album Parts Unknown by John McLean

Parts Unknown

Origin Records

Album Better Angels by John McLean

Better Angels

Origin Records


Easy Go

Premonition Records

Labor Day

Labor Day

John McLean
Parts Unknown

Better Angels

Better Angels

John McLean
Better Angels

Similar Jazz Musicians

Gene Ludwig Gene Ludwig
organ, Hammond B3
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
Hadley Caliman Hadley Caliman
Times 4 Times 4

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.