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Jim McNeely

As a Leader

Up from the Skies
Jim McNeely w/The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

2006
Paul Klee
The Swiss Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely

2006
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Boneyard
McNeely/Sill/Spencer

2006
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Dedication Suite
The Danish Radio Big Band & Jim McNeely

2006
Renee Rosnes with the Danish Radio Big Band
Jim McNeely

2003
In This Moment
Jim McNeely Trio

2003
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The DRJO and Jim McNeely Play Bill Evans
The DRJO & Jim McNeely

2002
The Power and the Glory
The DRJO & Jim McNeely

2001
Group Therapy
Jim McNeely Tentet

2001
Nice Work
The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely

2000
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Sound Bites
Jim McNeely w/Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Dick Oatts

1997
Lickity Split-The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Plays the Music of Jim
Jim McNeely

1997
Jim McNeely at Maybeck (Vol. 20)
Jim McNeely

1992
Jigsaw
Jim McNeely w/Stockholm Jazz Orch.

1991
Winds of Change
Jim McNeely

1989
East Coast Blow Out
Jim McNeely /W. German Radio Big Band

1989
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From the Heart
Jim McNeely

1984
East Side, West Side
Jim McNeely

1980
The Plot Thickens
Jim McNeely

1979
Rain's Dance
Jim McNeely

1976

Over Time
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

2014
Remember the Sound
George Robert Jazztet

2009
Live at the Jazz Showcase
Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet

2009
Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

2008
That Being Said
DePaul University Jazz Ensemble

2008
Suggestions
Bob Lark & Friends

2007
Blue Nights
Judy Niemack

2007
CU Over the Rainbow
University of Colorado Jazz Ensemble I

2006
Another Song
Thomas Fryland Quartet & Jim McNeely

2006
The Subway Ballet
Randy Sandke

2006
Live From Studio A
Various Artists

2006
In Her Eyes
Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet

2006
Speaking of Stan
Mark Colby

2005
Grace
Deborah Weisz

2005
The Way
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

2004
CU: ‘Round Midnight
University of Colorado Jazz Ensemble I

2004
Concord Records 30th Anniversary
Various Artists

2003
Until You
Bob Lark

2003
Tempus Fugit
Stan Getz

2002
Can I Persuade You?
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

2002
Definitive Chet Baker
Chet Baker

2002
You and the Night and the Music
Phil Woods Quintet

2002
Hiding in Plain Sight
Scott Whitfield

2001
I Am the Walrath
Jack Walrath

2000
The Birdland Sessions
Garrison Fewell

2000
Demons in Persuit
Jack Walrath

2000
Two Shades of Blue
Ed Byrne

2000
I Got Rhythm
Jamey Aebersold

2000
The Thad Jones Legacy
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

1999
Quintessence, vol. 1
Stan Getz/Chet Baker

1999
Quintessence, vol. 2
Stan Getz/Chet Baker

1999
Lazy Afternoon
Lisa Sokolov

1999
The Morgan Powell Jazz Album
Morgan Powell

1999
Works for Jazz Orchestra
NYU Concert Jazz Ensemble

1999
Joyful Noise: A Tribute to Duke Ellington
Don Sebesky

1999
Open Door
Oliver Peters Sextet

1999
The Greatest Jazz Standards
Various Artists

1999
Ram Records Jazz Sampler
Various Artists

1999
Awakening
Randy Sandke

1998
Live at Jazz Club Fasching
Various Artists

1997
Breaking Up, Breaking Out
The Deborah Weisz Quartet & Jim McNeely

1997
A Billy Strayhorn Songbook
Various Artists

1997
Souvenirs
Phil Woods Quintet

1997
An Irving Berlin Songbook
Various Artists

1997
With My Heart in a Song
Francesca Sortino

1997
The Road Ahead
Steve LaSpina

1997
A Gershwin Songbook
Various Artists

1997
New York Legends
Joe Alessi

1996
Plays the Music of Jim McNeely
Phil Woods Quintet

1996
The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band
The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band

1996
Body and Soul
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis

1995
The 20th Anniversary Album
Phil Woods Quartet/Quintet

1995
Three Houses
Tom Boras

1994
An Affair to Remember
Phil Woods Quintet

1993
Angel Radio
Lisa Sokolov

1993
Triste
Nick Brignola Quintet & Doug Sertl Big Band

1992
The 1992 Stash Sampler
Various Artists

1992
JVC Jazz Festival Live! A Night of Chesky Jazz: Town Hall, New Y
Various Artists

1992
Touch of Class
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

1992
Flowers for Hodges
Duo w/Phil Woods

1991
Full House
Phil Woods Quintet

1991
To You: A Tribute to Mel Lewis
Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

1990
Ballads for Lulu
The Louis Smith Quartet

1990
Real Life
Phil Woods Little Big Band

1990
Quiet Storm
Marlene Ver Planck

1989
Time Line
David Liebman

1989
Dance for Andy
Mike Richmond

1989
Excursion in Blue
John Handy

1988
Nobody Else But Me
Lucky to Be Me

1988
Lucky to Be Me
Jackie Paris

1988
Love Songs
Jackie Paris

1988
Soft Lights and Hot Music
Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

1988
Street of Dreams
Nancy Harrow

1988
Homage to Coltrane
David Liebman

1987
Pure and Natural
Marlene Ver Planck

1987
Into the Woods: the Best of Phil Woods
Phil Woods

1987
The Sandke Brothers
Randy Sandke

1986
20 Years at the Village Vanguard
The Mel Lewis Orchestra

1985
Seven Minds
Rufus Reid Trio

1984
Advance
Bobby Watson

1984
Northern Lights
Nick Brignola Quartet

1984
In Concert
Art Farmer/Slide Hampton

1984
The Stockholm Concert
Stan Getz

1983
Line for Lyons
Stan Getz & Chet Baker

1983
Picture in Three Colors
Eero Koivistoinen

1983
Things We Did Last Summer
John McNeil Quintet

1983
Make Me Smile
Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra

1982
Blue Skies
Stan Getz

1982
Pure Getz
Stan Getz Quartet

1982
Live in Paris
Stan Getz Quartet

1982
Through a Looking Glass
Bob Brookmeyer

1981
Mellifluous
Mel Lewis Quintet

1981
Live at Montreaux
Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra

1980
Two for the Road
Anne Marie Moss with Vivian Lord

1980
Plays Bob Brookmeyer Compositions
Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra

1980
I Heard Mingus
Ted Curson

1980
Snake Johnson
Ted Curson

1980
Naturally
Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra

1979
Modus Operandi
Chris Woods

1978
Golden Delicious
John Stowell

1977
Ted Curson and Co.
Ted Curson

1976
Eddie Watches Flo
David Luck

1967
Around the World For Lovers
Various Artists

Jazz Piano Essentials: The Music of Thelonious Monk
Various Artists

Dansk Stereo
Danish Radio Big Band

Jubilant Power
Ted Curson

Stan Getz Plays for Lovers
Stan Getz

Concord Records SACD Sampler, Vol. 1
Various Artists

Cool Jazz: The Essential Album
Various Artists

Jazz: Love Songs After Dark
Various Artists

Chesky Jazz Live
Various Artists

Playboy Jazz After Dark
Various Artists

June 25, 20242 New Entries in the StoreI'm happy to announce that the complete score for "Rituals" is now available in the Store section. This piece uses the rhythmic and harmonic language of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" to create a framework for a powerful performance by Chris Potter, with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Also newly available is "Murmuration and Adagio", for string quartet. This piece is part of Ryan Truesdell's epic 3-CD set "Synthesis: The String Quartet Sessions". Available either complete with score and parts, or score only. For the link please click "Read More".
June 23, 2024Frankfurt Radio Band Farewell ConcertOn June 13 I presented my final concert with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, after 16 years of continuous work with them. The second half of the concert was devoted to the premier of my new suite, written to feature every member of the band as a soloist. Click “Read More” to be directed to the YouTube video of the entire concert. For the new suite, it starts at 1:08:48.
Sunday, October 23, 2022DownBeat Five Stars for "Rituals"Thank you to DownBeat's Ed Enright for this great review of "Rituals". "The ensemble executes the rhythmically complex and harmonically advanced score with passion and sensitivity, not to mention technical precision and power of symphonic proportions...a fascinating listen, a dramatic homage of breathtaking breadth and sophistication that succeeds on every level."
March 2, 2022New CD!I'm happy to announce the release of "Rituals" (Double Moon Records), a CD with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, featuring the amazing Chris Potter on tenor and soprano saxophone. "Rituals" is a 6-part suite, composed by me, paying homage to Igor Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps". The album then goes on to present four of Chris's tunes, especially arranged for this recording. To purchase Rituals click on "Read More", below.
August 15, 2021Barefoot Dances on YouTubeIn May I had the opportunity to present the entire Grammy-nominated "Barefoot Dances" suite live in concert with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. We played to an empty hall, but it was live-streamed on the band's website. You can see the entire video at the link below:
June 1, 2020Interview with Jennifer WhartonMy friend, bass trombonist extraordinaire Jennifer Wharton, decided to spend a portion of her lockdown time interviewing me, and editing that interview. You can see it on YouTube. We cover topics such as playing a dog's birthday party, bucket mutes, and pizza. Check it out on the link below.
June 30, 2019Now Available: Study Scores from "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions"!I am pleased to announce that study scores for all the pieces from the CD "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions" are now available for sale from the "Store" section of my site. The seven original compositions were written to showcase the soloists and ensemble of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, where I have been chief conductor since 2010. The CD was nominated for a 2019 Grammy for "Best Recording by a Large Jazz Ensemble". I invite you to check them out.

February 1, 2018Barefoot Dances with the Frankfurt Radio Big BandI'm excited to tell you about the release of my latest CD with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions" (Planet Arts) is a 7-part suite I wrote for the band in 2014. By that time I'd worked with the band steadily for 6 years (now 10!). The band sounds great! Great cascades of sound, Oliver Leicht's electric clarinet, and many more surprises. See below for a link for more info. It's available through Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes.
March 29, 2017Now Available: East Coast Blow OutIn 1989 I wrote a suite for John Scofield, Marc Johnson, Adam Nussbaum, myself, and the WDR Big Band. We recorded it in the old Annostrasse studio in Cologne. It came out on CD a couple of years later, under the name "East Coast Blow Out". I'd thought of calling it the "New York Blow Out" but Marc had recently moved from NYC to Virginia. Gotta be accurate, you know.

Scores and parts for all five of the pieces are now available for purchase in my store. They can be bought individually, or as a complete set. For further information go to the link below:

January 3, 2012Ethan Iverson InterviewI've known Ethan Iverson since he was about 15; he's one of the most talented musicians I've ever known. In 2011 I did a project with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band featuring The Bad Plus. After our final concert we repaired to his hotel room. Ethan fired up his digital recorder, and he proceeded to interview me. We talked for a few hours. The results are now up in his blog, Do the Math. You can see it at

Jim McNeely was born in Chicago into a musical family. He started piano lessons at the age of six. When he was eight he started lessons with Bruno Michelotti, who taught him basic music theory as well as the piano. This was the beginning of Jim’s life-long love of theory and, subsequently, composition and arranging.
He got interested in jazz around the age of 12. He went to Notre Dame High School for Boys (now Notre Dame College Prep) partially because they had a big band, the Melodons, under the direction of Rev. George Wiskirchen. He played piano in that band and at the age of 16 wrote his first big band arrangement. Jim then went to the University of Illinois, again largely on the strength of their big band, led by John Garvey. He studied theory and composition with Ed London and Morgan Powell. There was a vibrant jazz scene there at the time: a fusion of musicians in the school with musicians from the local scene.
Jim occasionally wrote for the U. of I. Big Band, as well as music for chamber groups, and musical shows. He also played in a number of small jazz groups during his time there (1967-75). In addition he gained experience playing gigs with Country and Western, R & B, and various wedding bands.
In 1975 he received his composition degree and moved to New York City, to pursue a career as a jazz pianist. In 1978 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and spent six years with that band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra. In 1981 he began a four-year tenure with the Stan Getz Quartet, and 1990 saw him begin a five-year run with the Phil Woods Quintet. He contributed many compositions to both Stan and Phil’s bands, culminating in The Phil Woods Quintet Plays the Music of Jim McNeely (1995, TCoB). Those years also saw him perform with countless other musicians on the New York scene, in formations ranging from duo to sextet.
The focus of Jim’s career began to change from pianist to composer in 1979, when Thad Jones left the Jones/Lewis Orchestra and Mel Lewis brought in Bob Brookmeyer as musical director. Bob encouraged Jim to compose for Mel’s band. The first attempt was a disaster. But Bob heard a few worthwhile moments, and said, “Write another one.” Which he did. It was a little better. The third one (Blue Note) was even better, and Mel recorded it.
In 1983 Brookmeyer brought Jim, along with Mel Lewis, to Cologne, Germany as a soloist his project with the WDR Big Band. He started to write for the WDR band, and thus began an 11-year relationship with them. He credits his time with the WDR band as being his real jazz composer’s workshop. This led to subsequent work with UMO (Helsinki), The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra (The Netherlands) and The Danish Radio Big Band, where he was chief conductor from 1998-2003. Meanwhile in the U.S. he wrote many arrangements for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, three of which appeared on their 1996 Blue Note CD. And in 1995 he re-joined The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (formerly Jones/Lewis), writing two CD’s for them in 1997 (Lickety Split) and 2005 (Up From the Skies).
Along with his writing for big band, Jim has written music for his ten-piece band (Group Therapy, 2001), various chamber-music pieces, and numerous orchestral compositions and arrangements, notably for The Metropole Orchestra and The Frankfurt Radio Symphony.
He was chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band (from 2010-2022), becoming composer-in-residence in 2022. He is still composer-in-residence with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has recently seen the release of two CD’s featuring his writing: Rituals, with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and Chris Potter; and Threnody, with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. His work has earned him ten Grammy nominations, and he was awarded a Grammy for his work with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra on Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard.
Teaching has also been an important element of Jim’s work. He is professor emeritus in jazz composition at Manhattan School of Music. He has held positions at William Paterson University and New York University. He was involved with the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop for 24 years, including 16 years as musical director. He has appeared at numerous college jazz festivals in the U.S. as performer and clinician. He has also done clinics and major residencies at dozens of institutions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Chile, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Egypt.

UP FROM THE SKIES

McNeely's arrangement of the Jimi Hendrix title track that opens the disc clearly demonstrates his ability to preserve the band's distinctive personality while exploring fresh sounds.Russ MustoAll About Jazz
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As usual, McNeely’s work is harmonically and texturally rich, the kind of music that offers something new on efavor of inventive, sophisticated composition for jazz orchestra.David FranklinJazzTimes
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CARNEGIE HALL JAZZ BAND

In the music's massed detail, one heard all points along the scale from corny to beautiful; the latter was represented by Jim McNeely's startling arrangement of ''I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.'' It began with one long, cloudlike note held by muted trombones and flutes, from which the melody trickled forth; the thick, soft brass arrangements of the piece, and its brief sequential passages for lone instruments, made a well-recognized tune exotic.Ben RatliffNew York Times
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Mr. McNeely's ''Future Past'' was about two ways big-band composers responded after be-bop: with the contained, chamber-music-tinged, misty pieces of Gil Evans and the muscle-flexing but harmonically far-reaching arrangements of Oliver Nelson and Thad Jones.Jon ParelesNew York Times
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But none of this truly gave a warning of what would happen when the soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman came out to perform "Let's Dance," and then "Sing, Sing, Sing." Mr. McNeely has completely rewritten these pieces, using Gil Evans as a guide. Big, airy brass chords floated above the rhythm section. The melodies were submerged under the gauzy textures of the arrangement. And occasionally Mr. McNeely quoted a voice that might have been from the original arrangement, hard, dense harmony that contrasted with the modernism he provided.Peter WatrousNew York Times
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McNeely's recasting of "Sing, Sing, Sing" contrasted sustained trombone melodies with angular intrusions and hints from other strains of the piece, and his arrangement utilized the call/resbrass - in a cataclysmic, post-modern fashion.George KanzlerThe Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
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The concert opened with Mr. McNeely's "Berlin Porter Overture," an extended piece that stacked song on song, with Mr. McNeely casting them differently each time. "Blue Skies," for example, became dissonant. Mr. McNeely had tempos and rhythms change for each composition, occasionally opening the tunes up to improvisations.Peter WatrousNew York Times
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But the concert's standout was Jim McNeely's arrangement of ''Matrix.'' The tune is a witty line for a 12-bar blues that Mr. Corea recorded in 1968. Thirty years later, he and Mr. McNeely kept turning it inside out: placing it in a one-chord meditation, having the band play parts of Mr. Corea's original solo as he improvised comebacks, finding new implications in the harmony.JON PARELESNew York Times
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Jim McNeely's arrangement of Louis Prima's ''Sing, Sing, Sing'' was close to brilliant, an imaginative mixture of strict, complicated section writing and devices that destabilized the orchestra in favor of small-band heat.Ben RatliffNew York Times
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LICKETY SPLIT

Equally engrossing, the music on Lickity Split teems with myriad attitudes. As it unfolds, it details the synchronicity between McNeely's arranging talent and his prowess as a composer.Jim MacnieDownbeat
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As boldly as its title suggests, "Lickety Split: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Plays the Music of Jim McNeely" (New World) takes our notions of how a jazz big band can and should sound and shakes the living lickety out of them. In fact, the last time the orchestral language of jazz received such a welcome jolt may have been when the famed Miles Davis-Gil Evans album "Miles Ahead" was released--and that was way back in 1957.Larry KartChicago Tribune
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This is certainly one of the most sophisticated and highly drilled big bands in the country, and Mr. McNeely stokes the fire with cerebral music, full of musicians' jokes and touches that come from Lewis's palette, like an affinity for muted brass and soprano saxophones.Ben RatliffNew York Times
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Jim McNeely, who having served as pianist during the band's transitional 1978-84 period returned to the fold in 1996, just in time to undertake this challenging project. The band's legendary, steady Monday night gig at the Village Vanguard is now in its 31st year, thereby outlasting the entire lifetimes of Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Blanton and Fats Navarro and almost those of Bunny Berigan and Charlie Parker.Jack SohmerJazzTimes
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Jim McNeely, their pianist and composer-in-residence. A Chicago native best known for his association with Stan Getz, he has quietly become one of the sharpest composers on the scene. Touched by the far-reaching classicism of Gil Evans, a restless exploratory quality informs his pieces.Lloyd SachsChicago Sun-Times
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GROUP THERAPY

OmniTone set McNeely up in the studio with an agile little big band and a chance to show off all his tuneful goods at once. McNeely, in turn, set the band loose on a host of his own wild originals and his creative rearrangements.Aaron SteinbergJazzTimes
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OTHER BIG BAND RECORDINGS

Pianist/composer Jim McNeely is a glorious exception. This five-part suite recorded in Cologne by the WDR Big Band - plus bassist Marc Johnson, drummer Adam Nussbaum and chief soloist, guitarist John Scofield - bristles with invention.Mark StrykerDayton Daily News
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Jim McNeely is a true composer. He doesn’t string together riffs or rehash tired licks, but produces works for jazz ensemble that are highly original and technically sophisticated.David FranklinJazzTimes
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RITUALS

The Stravinsky-inspired music that Jim McNeely wrote and arranged for Chris Potter to perform with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band has risen to the top of the class among this year’s contemporary large jazz ensemble releases....Rituals is a fascinating listen, a dramatic homage of breathtaking breadth and sophistication that succeeds on every level.Ed EnrightDownBeat
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The union of a composer such as Jim McNeely, at the height of his abilities, with the virtuosic powerhouse that is Chris Potter, supported by one of the world’s most accomplished bands, has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, this is an album that seems to successfully ful[l expectations and keep delivering new revelations. All it takes is a keen ear and an hour of time.Charles ReesLondon Jazz News
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Other Press

McNeely was an omnipresent force at this year's conference, both teaching and performing.International Musician
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Especially fine are his exploration of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Zingaro," his chromatic stroll around the edges of "Body and Soul" and his pithy treatment of Monk's "Bye Ya" and Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco."Jeff BradleyThe Denver Post
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McNeely plays the hell out of “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” for almost nine minutes, quietly, without repeating himself, in heartfelt single-note lines of genuine grace. Not bad for an arranger.Thomas ConradJazzTimes
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Upcoming Performances

September 02, 2024 - Detroit MIBrian Blade/Detroit Jazz Festival


Past Performances

July 14, 2024 - North Sea Jazz Festi...
June 14, 2024 - Spotlight Jazz: Mile...
June 13, 2024 - New Visions
June 08, 2024 - Bach Goes Big Band
May 06, 2024 - Vanguard Jazz Orches...
May 05, 2024 - Martin Wind Quartet/...
May 04, 2024 - Martin Wind Quartet
May 03, 2024 - Martin Wind Quartet
March 02, 2024 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
March 01, 2024 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
February 25, 2024 - The LOKAL Listener i...
February 24, 2024 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
January 04, 2024 - JEN Conference
December 02, 2023 - Past and Present
November 07, 2023 - Berklee College of M...
October 28, 2023 - Terri Lyne Carringto...
October 14, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
October 13, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
October 12, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
October 02, 2023 - Amsterdam Conservato...
September 29, 2023 - Jazz Orchestra of th...
September 10, 2023 - Counterpoint CD Rele...
September 09, 2023 - Counterpoint CD Rele...
September 08, 2023 - Counterpoint CD Rele...
September 07, 2023 - Counterpoint CD Rele...
August 19, 2023 - McNeely in Chile!
August 18, 2023 - McNeely in Chile!
August 17, 2023 - McNeely in Chile!
August 16, 2023 - McNeely in Chile!
August 15, 2023 - McNeely in Chile!
June 30, 2023 - Imatra Big Band Camp...
May 12, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
May 11, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
April 20, 2023 - The Groove Merchant:...
March 09, 2023 - University of North ...
March 04, 2023 - Western Invitational...
February 07, 2023 - MSM Celebrates Jim M...
January 21, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...
January 20, 2023 - Frankfurt Radio Big ...

ensembles

Frankfurt Radio Big Bandhttps://www.hr-bigband.de
Vanguard Jazz Orchestrahttp://www.vanguardjazzorchestra.com
Jazz Orchestra of The Concertgebouwclick here for more info
Swiss Jazz Orchestrahttp://www.swissjazzorchestra.com
Stockholm Jazz Orchestrahttp://www.stockholmjazzorchestra.se
OJM - Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhoshttp://www.ojm.pt
The Metropole Orchestrahttp://www.metropoleorkest.nl/

websites

The Living Jazz Archives at William Paterson Universityhttps://livingjazzarchives.org/
Jazz Cornerhttp://www.jazzcorner.com
Rifftides (Doug Ramsey)http://www.artsjournal.com/rifftides
Mostly Music (Ronan Guilfoyle)http://ronanguil.blogspot.com
Bob Brookmeyerhttp://www.bobbrookmeyer.com

others

Advance Musichttps://de.schott-music.com/advance-music

labels

Sunnyside Recordshttp://www.sunnysiderecords.com
OmniTonehttp://www.omnitone.com
Planet Artshttp://www.planetarts.org
Mons RecordsDefault Descriptionhttp://www.monsrecords.de/

musicians

Darcy J. Argue's Secret Societyhttp://secretsociety.typepad.com/
David Liebmanhttp://www.daveliebman.com
Rufus Reidhttp://www.rufusreid.com
Dave Douglashttp://www.davedouglas.com
Joseph C. Phillips, Jr./Numinoushttp://www.numinousmusic.com/
The Bad Plushttp://www.thebadplus.com/
John Hollenbeckhttp://www.johnhollenbeck.com
Maria Schneiderhttp://www.mariaschneider.com/
To contact Jim:
mcneelymusic@gmail.com

For information regarding buying music:
wuweimusic1@gmail.com


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Frankfurt Radio Bigband

"Butterfly" - Gretchen Parlato & hr-Bigband
comp.: Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin, Jean Hancock soli: Steffen Weber (ts) arr, cond.: Jim McNeely performed 31 may 2017, hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt am Main, G...
"Weak" - Gretchen Parlato & hr-Bigband
comp.: Brian Alexander Morgan soli: Jean Paul Höchstädter (dr), Tony Lakatos (ts) arr, cond.: Jim McNeely performed 31 may 2017, hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt am M...
"Ugly Beauty" - Gretchen Parlato & hr-Bigband
"Ugly Beauty" comp.: Thelonious Monk soli: Jim McNeely (p), Axel Schlosser (flh) arr, cond.: Jim McNeely performed 31 may 2017, hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt am Ma...
"The Empty Chair" - Dave Holland & hr-Bigband
"The Empty Chair" comp.: Dave Holland soli: Dave Holland (b), Martin Scales (g), Rainer Heute (bs) arr, cond.: Jim McNeely performed 18 may 2017, Centralstat...
"Cosmosis": Dave Holland & hr-Bigband
"Cosmosis" comp.: Dave Holland soli: Jean Paul Höchstädter (dr), Günter Bollmann (tb), Tony Lakatos (ts) arr, cond.: Jim McNeely performed 18 may 2017, Centr...

Other Videos

49th German Jazzfestival Frankfurt: "Trilogue + 15" - Albert Man
The opening concert of the 49th German Jazz Festival celebrated Albert Mangelsdorff, who would have turned 90 on Sept. 5. I arranged the classic album "Trilogue" (1976, Mangelsdorff, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonse Mouzon) for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band featuring the phenomenal Nils Wogram on trombone.

I. WU WEI MUSIC

Murmuration and Adagio Score Only
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String Quartet
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Murmuration and Adagio
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String Quartet
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Rituals Complete Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass//Harp/Percussion
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Bob's Here Study Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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Black Snow Study Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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Barefoot Dances Study Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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A Glimmer of Hope Study Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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Redman Rides Again Study Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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Falling Upwards Study Score
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The Cosmic Hodge-Podge Study Score
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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All 7 Study Scores from "Barefoot Dances"
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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Bob's Here
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Big Band - 8 Brass
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Barefoot Dances
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East Coast Blow Out #1) Do You Really Think That...?
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Big Band - 9 Brass
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East Coast Blow Out #2) Skittish
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Teaching has long been a major component of Jim's activities. He is currently Professor of Graduate Jazz Composition at Manhattan School of Music, where he works with both jazz composition majors and performance majors.

Previously he has been associated with William Paterson University and New York University.

Jim occasionally takes outside students. For more information you may contact him at mcneelymusic@gmail.com