McNeil, John, jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer; b. March 23, 1948, Eureka, Calif. A fine player, he is sought after by musicians on all instruments for his innovative insights into lines and harmonies. He is the leader of his own ensemble, which has toured Europe and the U.S. and recorded seven albums. He has also performed with Horace Silver and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orch. A respected clinician, he has led workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a member of the NEC Faculty, Improvisation and Jazz Studies. Since childhood, he has suffered from a neurological disease that forced him to relearn the trumpet with his left hand; he has done so successfully.
Embarkation (1978); Look to the Sky (1979); Glass Room (1979); Faun (1979); Clean Sweep (1981); Things We Did Last Summer (1983); I’ve Got the World on a String (1983).