An expressive, harmonically nuanced jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator, John McNeil has carved a distinctive path over his 50-year career, moving ably between straight-ahead jazz, standards, and more avant-garde-leaning productions. A California native, McNeil first arrived on the scene as a freelancer in New York in the 1970s, playing often with the Horace Silver Quintet. He caught the attention of SteepleChase Records, which signed him to a recording contract and released a handful of well-regarded standards-based albums beginning with 1978's Embarkation. From there, he recorded intermittently in the '80s and '90s, and moved increasingly into teaching, including maintaining a long association with Boston's New England Conservatory. Since the '2000s, McNeil has remained quite active, balancing his time between teaching, and ...
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