1981 saw the beginning of Jim’s 4-year tenure as pianist/composer with the Stan Getz Quartet. From 1990 until 1995 he held the piano chair in the Phil Woods Quintet. In 1996 he re-joined the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra as pianist and composer-in-residence, a position that he still holds. From 1998 to 2003 he was chief conductor of the Danish Radio (Danmarks Radio) Big Band.
He also leads his own tentet, his own trio, and appears as soloist at concerts and festivals worldwide. He has recorded more than a dozen CDs under his own name, earning nine Grammy nominations between 1997 and 2006. McNeely resides in Montclair, New Jersey. He serves as Adjunct Resident Artist in Jazz Studies at New York University, Adjunct Professor at William Paterson University, and musical director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. Read more on Last.fm.
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