SF Bay Area saxophonist and composer
A San Diego native, Michael began studying clarinet at age eight. He took up the
saxophone at thirteen and performed in school bands and orchestras, later studying
composition and arranging in college. After graduate school in Texas, he returned to the
Bay Area and studied with the great Joe Henderson.
Michael’s has created several groups of outstanding musicians that feature his original
music.. In addition, he has composed scores for documentaries, feature films and
television for which he has a long list of credits.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including Idris Muhammad,
Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Giacomo Gates, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones, Kim Nalley, Jackie
Ryan, Tony Lindsay, Margie Baker, Akira Tana, Faye Carol, Brenda Boykin, Nicolas Bearde,
Jeff Chambers, Rob Schneiderman, Mark Levine, Frank Jackson, Frank Martin, Larry Dunlap,
Bobbi Norris, Peter Horvath, Matt Clark,Smith Dobson, Don Haas, Dave Matthews, Michael
Bluestein, Omar Clay, Scott Morris and many others.
There are two major Michael O’Neill Quintet CDs, both featuring Kenny Washington’s great
vocals, and one with special guest Joe Locke.