Michael McNeill

pianist | composer | improviser | teacher

pianist | composer
improviser | teacher

recent albums


  • John Bacon (drumset),
  • Michael McNeill (piano),
  • Danny Ziemann (bass)

Compositions of Thelonious Monk

Bacon, McNeill, and Ziemann "honor [Monk's] legacy by not playing it safe, but playing with joy and with an exploratory spirit." — Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

Jazz Dimensions Records, 2019

Available on Bandcamp and at Bop Shop Records (Rochester, NY)

Buffalo Jazz Octet: PausaLive


The Buffalo Jazz Octet:
  • John Bacon (drumset),
  • Steve Baczkowski (baritone saxophone),
  • Kelly Bucheger (alto and tenor saxophones),
  • Tim Clarke (trumpet),
  • Brian DeJesus (bass),
  • Michael McNeill (piano),
  • Nelson Rivera (tenor and soprano saxophones),
  • Phil Sims (trombone and euphonium),
  • Brendan Fitzgerald (conductor)

Cadence Jazz Records , 2017

“a remarkable large free jazz ensemble, with brisk and energetic group improv that never breaks down. A-
Tom Hull

“…gritty inventiveness and an expressive attitude that engages and challenges the listener.”
Patrick Keyes, AllAboutJazz.com

“…the perfect disc recorded here with which to get acquainted with some of the most forward thinking and individualistic members of Buffalo's jazz community… It's terrific. 3.5 stars (out of four)”
Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

“…a veritable who’s who list of killer regional jazz players…”
Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News

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  • John Bacon (vibraphone & percussion),
  • Jonathan Golove (electric cello),
  • Esin Gunduz (voice),
  • Michael McNeill (piano)

FMR Records , 2016

“* * * * * Highly emotional and ravishingly beautiful, Migration is a feast for the ears and heart…”
Budd Kopman, AllAboutJazz

“…a wonderfully evocative collection of new compositions and traditional Bulgarian folk music granted an inventive new twist.…”
Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News

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Michael McNeill Trio:
  • Michael McNeill (piano),
  • Ken Filiano (bass),
  • Phil Haynes (drums)

Cover art by Emily Otto

“…blew me away with his debut (Passageways) and continues to impress…” Tom Hull

“…the Michael McNeill Trio has much to offer not only to jazz or classical music, but music as a whole.”
Gabriel Carvalho, Music On The Run

Flight is one of those special albums can be enjoyed on many levels… with more of its secrets revealed with each listen.”
Budd Kopman, AllAboutJazz

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