Posts Tagged ‘flute’

I love dropping this… the drums and the flutes are just nuts!! Not to mention its a hometown tune and just funky!! Trouble is, this was recorded in 1970 and 43 years later, we still got no home rule in Washington, D.C. thanks at first to the southern, Dixiecrap Senators, and now to the Republicans, ’cause they never like black people…’ but at least we got the  “taxation without representation” motto on our official DC license plates for our cars. -sunsync

Lloyd McNeill

Often referred to as a “Renaissance man,” Lloyd G. McNeill is a flutist, composer, poet, teacher, and artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Collection of Fine Arts, the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Studio Museum in Harlem, and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1935, McNeill earned his bachelor of arts degree in art and zoology from Morehouse College and a master of fine arts degree in painting and printing from Howard University. McNeill also studied lithography in Paris, animation and sound recording at New York University, and calligraphy at the Kampo Cultural Center in New York.

A lifelong educator, McNeill taught at Howard University, Spelman College, and Dartmouth College before teaching for 32 years at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where his areas of expertise ranged from drawing and painting to Afro-American music history and flute technique.  Since 1992 he has been a lecturer and advisor to students at the Gallatin School of New York University.

Performing extensively with jazz groups nationally and internationally, McNeill’s discography includes music recorded by The Lloyd McNeill Quartets and Quintets and albums and film productions on which he has performed as a flutist. This gifted and creative artist and musician has also published two volumes of poetry: “Black Line, A Collection of Poems, Drawings and Photographs,” in 1983 and more recently “After the Rain, A Collection of New Poems.”

McNeill lives in New York City. The 2009 Kwanzaa stamp is his first project for the U.S. Postal Service.


My father released a wonderful jazz flute album, by Lloyd McNeill, in the early ’70s, which is as good as any major jazz flutist of the day or any day.

• Lloyd McNeill, piccolo & flute
• Gene Rush, piano
• Steve Novosel, bass


Lloyd McNeill (born in Washington, D.C.) is a Jazz flutist and visual artist currently based in New York City. He is generally recognized as a jazz flutist of eminent ability, alongside James NewtonYusef LateefSam Rivers and Eric Dolphy.[1]

Having studied Art and Zoology in Morehouse College, Atlanta, he moved on to be the first recipient of Howard University‘s MFA degree. in 1963. In 1964-5, he did further study in Lithography at Paris’ L’Ecole Nationale Des Beaux Arts. During his residence in France, he spent a considerable amount of time with Pablo Picasso and his wife, Jacqueline in Cannes. He has also studied music composition privately with the composer Hale Smith, music theory and flute technique with the jazz musician Eric Dolphy, and classical flute technique and repertoire with Harold Jones. McNeill taught at several institutes of higher education, and is Professor Emeritus of Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University, New Jersey, having retired in 2001. Through the 1970s, and in addition to his position in Art, McNeill also taught Afro-American Music History, private flute lessons, and was instrumental in launching the Jazz Studies Program at Rutgers University.

McNeill has exhibited his paintings and drawings at several galleries and colleges in the U.S. Northeast. He published two volumes of poems: Blackline: A Collection of Poems, Drawings and Photographs and After the Rain: A Collection of New Poems. In 2007, Lloyd McNeill was chosen by the USPS to design a postage stamp for the celebration of Kwanzaa 2009.[2]