Neil J. , Clarinet Teacher , NYC
Influences: Joe Henderson, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, Johnny Griffin, Stan Getz, Benny Carter, Lee Konitz, Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Seamus Blake, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, Will Vinson, Lester Young, Warne Marsh, Maceo Parker, Frank Wess, Pepper Adams, Stanley Turrentine, Chris Potter, etc etc
Influences: Galway, Rampal, Moyse, Joe Farrell, Hubert Laws, Eric Dolphy
Neil also teaches clarinet
Neil is a New York City-based saxophonist with roots in jazz and ska. From his native Texas, he attained a big saxophone sound and a degree in Jazz Studies from the renowned University of North Texas in 2000. His career as a performer has taken him from Dallas to Montreal, London, and now Brooklyn. Neil has played thousands of shows in over 25 countries (including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Pohoda Festival, Glastonbury Festival and Vans Warped Tour) with Canada's The Planet Smashers, NYC ska pioneers The Toasters, and with Motown legend Martha Reeves. Never one to be painted into any corners, Neil has been active in the jazz community wherever he lives and is an enthusiastic educator. He endorses Rico Reeds and Sennheiser Microphones.
To inquire about Clarinet lessons with Neil, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (212) 537-6746.
- Graduated, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Performance (BM), University of North Texas 
- Jim Riggs [1998 - 2000]
- Pam Adams [1999 - 2001]
Seminars and Workshops Attended:
- Dave Liebman Masterclass, McGill University 
- Gary Smulyan Masterclass, Ray's Jazz UK 
- Jim Snidero Masterclass, Rico Reeds/Barnes & Mullin UK 
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About the Clarinet
The clarinet developed from a Baroque instrument called the chalumeau. This instrument was similar to a recorder, but with a single reed mouthpiece similar to that of the modern clarinet and a cylindrical bore.