Pianist Michael McNeill has cultivated a personal style that has found a home in contexts both mainstream and avant-garde, from the ethereal chamber-jazz sounds of resAUnance, to the post-bop energy of Kelly Bucheger's What Would Mingus Do?, and in his own music for his trio with veteran improvisers Ken Filiano (bass) and Phil Haynes (drums) and for the Buffalo Jazz Octet. His two CDs with Filiano and Haynes have drawn praise from critics in the US and abroad, who note that the band plays “thoughtful... interactive music that is seriously playful” (StepTempest), “brimming with intelligence and passion” (AllAboutJazz.com), and that the trio “has much to offer not only to jazz or classical music, but music as a whole” (Music On The Run, Brazil).
Other projects and collaborations have included concerts with Dave Ballou, Juini Booth, Joe Ford, Taylor Ho Bynum, Drew Gress, Charlie Kohlhase, Paul Smoker, and David Taylor
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“… blew me away with his debut (Passageways) and
continues to impress… A-”
) (See also:
Tom Hull's The Best
Jazz Albums of 2015
“* * * * … a simultaneously innovative and
(Hrayr Attarian, AllAboutJazz)
“Flight walks by the classic and the modern fluidly…
proving that the Michael McNeill Trio has much to offer not only to jazz or classical
music, but music as a whole
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
I'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.