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John McNeil

John McNeil

After hearing Louis Armstrong as an eight-year-old, John McNeil decided he wanted to become a jazz trumpeter too.

Born in 1948 in the small, Northern California town of Yreka, McNeil eventually migrated to New York in 1975, where he worked with Horace Silver and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band. It wasn’t until 1978 that he cut his debut as a leader, Embarkation for the Danish SteepleChase label. Now, 23 years later, McNeil’s Copenhagen connection is still going strong with the release of Fortuity, his eighth album for SteepleChase; it’s his 10th album overall.

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