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Michael McNeill

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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Take Five With...
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“… blew me away with his debut (Passageways) and continues to impress… A-”
(Tom Hull) (See also: Tom Hull's “The Best Jazz Albums of 2015”)

“* * * * … a simultaneously innovative and accessible album.”
(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

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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.



The First Journey

Self Produced



Jazz Dimensions



Self Produced



Self Produced


No Dice

From: Flight
By Michael McNeill

I'm OK Now

From: Passageways
By Michael McNeill


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