Jim McNeely (born May 18, 1949) is a Grammy award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. McNeely was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, and moved to New York City in 1975. In 1978 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. He spent six years as a featured soloist with that band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra).
Sound Bites Jim McNeely w/Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Dick Oatts Dragon 311 1997. Lickity Split-The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Plays the Music of Jim Jim McNeely New World 80543-2 1997. Jim McNeely at Maybeck (Vol. 20) Jim McNeely Concord. Jigsaw Jim McNeely w/Stockholm Jazz Orch. Winds of Change Jim McNeely SteepleChase 3. Cool Jazz: The Essential Album Various Artists Manteca 214. Jazz: Love Songs After Dark Various Artists Playboy Jazz 30250. Chesky Jazz Live Various Artists Chesky 82.
The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Members: Anders Wiborg, Bertil Strandberg, Dave Castle, Fredrik Norén (2), Gustavo Bergalli, Hans Arktoft, Jan Adefelt, Jan Kohlin, Jan Levander, Joakim Milder, Johan Hörlén, Martin Löfgren (2), Mats Hermansson, Mikael Råberg, Peter Asplund, Stig Persson, Ulf Andersson. Variations: Viewing All The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely - Jigsaw (CD, Album). DRCD 311. The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely Featuring Dick Oatts. The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely Featuring Dick Oatts - Sound Bites (CD, Album). Dragon (8).
Happily, Sound Bites, recorded with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra in ’95 and featuring on four tracks McNeely’s amply endowed teammate in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Dick Oatts, is about as plainspoken and swinging as a big–band date can be. McNeely’s seven charts (and four compositions) . The orchestra boasts some top–drawer improvisers of its own, notably trumpeters Gustavo Bergalli ( Pete’s Feet ) and Peter Asplund ( The Song Is You ), bassist Jan Adefelt ( Pete’s Feet ), tenor Magnus Lindgren and drummer Jukkis Uotila ( Empty House ), trombonist Bertil Strandberg ( 305 ) and alto Johan Hörlén (showcased on Ellington’s Sentimental Mood ). McNeely, as splendid a pianist as he is a composer, arranger, solos on Sound Bites and Empty House.
Swedish Radio Studi 2, Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish Radio, Studio 2, Stockholm, Sweden. Jim McNeely, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra.
Paul Klee Jim McNeely. Listen on Apple Music. Up from the Skies - Music of Jim McNeely. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Frankfurt Radio Bigband, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman & Jim McNeely. Lickety Split: Music of Jim McNeely. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
The Jim Lower Jazz Orchestra is a 16 piece reading Jazz Orchestra that meets weekly to read arrangements ranging from original pieces for the band to arrangements by Thad Jones, Jim McNeely, John Clayton and everything in between. Kid/student friendly with great drinks and food, Tuesday nights at Californos is a great place for anyone interested in big band music to hang out! 7-10 every Tuesday night with no cover
Just better YouTube Encyclopedic. Jigsaw (w/Stockholm Jazz Orch. Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 20, (Concord, 1992). Sound Bites (w/Stockholm Jazz Orch. Lickety Split (w/Vanguard Jazz Orch. Nice Work (w/Danish Radio Big Band), (Dacapo, 2000). Group Therapy (Jim McNeely Tentet), (OmniTone, 2001). The Power and the Glory (w/Danish Radio Big Band), (Storyville, 2001). Play Bill Evans (w/Danish Radio Big Band), (Stunt, 2002).