a musician continuing the jazz tradition, I feel it is not only my
responsibility to pick up where my fathers left off, but to continually
modernize the jazz sound through composition and performance.
Ultimately, I feel I have a responsibility to positively influence
other musicians in this truly African-American art form."
addition to his academic training, Neal has studied with Vernell
Fournier, Greg Bandy, Paul Samuels, Michael Carvin, Tom Freer, and Bruce Collie.
Neal performs regularly in clubs and concert halls, at colleges and universities, and at U.S. and International Jazz Festivals.
Neal leads his own group, which performs original compositions as well as classic arrangements of jazz standards.
also performs regularly with internationally recognized artists and has
shared the stage with the likes of Tom Harrell, Anita Baker, Geri
Allen, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Owens, Eddie
Harris, Isaac Hayes, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Donald Harrison, Frank
Morgan, Brian Lynch, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Frank Foster, Dewey
Redman, Mark Whitfield, Ronnie Mathews, Rufus Reid, Wendel Logan, James
Moody, Marlena Shaw, and Vanessa Rubin.