Guitarist Kevin McNeal and his Blueswing band will be paying homage to the late great Avant-Garde Jazz & Blues vocalist and former bandmate Leon Thomas with their upcoming tribute album. McNeal was Thomas' Artistic Director and Band Leader during his 90's tours throughout the US and Europe. The original touring band is previewing their upcoming record release and tour at one of their favorite Harlem hang-outs.
Ever since the glory days of world-famous musician Duke Ellington and his orchestra, some of the most profound artists, including Slappy White, Chuck Jackson and even legendary Tom Jones, have tuned up with our band. Many of the musicians and vocalists who performed with the Big Bands of The Cotton Club’s “heyday” continue to grace its stage.
Kevin is recognized as an outstanding performer and recording artist, as well as
a composer, arranger, and educator.
Performance and recording credits include Jeff “Tain” Watts, Rufus Reid, David
Liebman, James Williams, Royal Hartigan, Nick Brignola, Steve Swallow, Cecil
Bridgewater, Ed Wiley Jr., Greg Osby, Skip Roberts with BluesWing, Piney Brown,
Stanley Turrentine, Charles Fambrough, Hamiet Bluiett, Kevin Eubanks, Mike Stern,
Geri Allen, Nasheet Waits, Victor Bailey, Debbie Sledge, Grachan Moncur III, and many
others. Kevin toured Europe with Leon Thomas as musical director.
Teaching credits include faculty/staff member/adjunct lecturer, City College of New York,
The National Guitar Workshop, The New School, SUNY New Paltz, Palomba Music
Academy and the HIlton Music Centre.
Most recent recordings: ‘ A Matter Of Time,’ ’Soliloquy' , (solo guitar arrangements of
jazz standards); ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Voice’, with Taeko; ‘About The Soul', with Ed Wiley
Jr., and 'Theory and Practice', with Mike Gillispie
Kevin attended the Berklee College of Music, William Paterson University, and CUNY / City College, where he received his Masters
Degree in Music.
Kevin resides in Harlem, New York City, where he has been playing the jazz scene for several
decades and leads his two groups, BluesWing the Kevin McNeal Organ Project. He is currently working on a new album, as well as a Guitar instruction book for beginner and intermediate students.