The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk • San Antonio, Texas

John McNeil

Session: Creative Jazz Improvisation: Returning Choice to the Practice Room

John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For decades he has toured with his own groups and received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer.  John’s restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music and has kept him from being easily categorized.

Although his background includes such mainstream jazz groups as the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, John is equally at home in free and structured settings. This stylistic versatility has put him on stage with such disparate artists as Slide Hampton and John Abercrombie, and shows itself in the combination of free and structured elements found in his CDs recorded on the OmniTone label from 2003 to ’06. He co-founded the group “Hush Point,” whose albums have been featured in Downbeat magazine, receiving international acclaim. Recently, he was featured in the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

John has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for more than four decades. He is the author of multiple best-selling books, including “Flexus” and “The Art of Jazz Trumpet.” Most recently, he is the co-author of a text on teaching jazz improvisation due to be published by Oxford University Press in the Fall of 2021 (title forthcoming).

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