Neal Miner was introduced to the world of Jazz by his first teacher – his father Bill Miner, a respected jazz record collector and discographer. Bill’s love of jazz kindled a passion in his son from an early age. Bill shared the music of his vast record collection, took Neal to clubs and concerts, and ensured he received the best musical instruction.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Neal received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, and attended the Manhattan School of Music. Most notable of his private teachers were classical bassist, Orin O’Brien of the New York Philharmonic, and Jazz bassist, John Webber.
Since the age of 19, Neal has been a solid fixture on the New York City jazz scene and is a favored bassist to a host of musicians. Neal toured and recorded with Jon Hendricks from 1998 to 2008, and backed Annie Ross steadily from 2005 to 2015 at her weekly engagement at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. In 2007, Neal joined Jane Monheit’s band with which he has been performing at major festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls around the world. Neal has written arrangements for and plays on Jane’s last four albums.
Neal has six releases as a leader that showcase his compositions and arrangements. The Real Neal, Juniper Records (2000); The Evening Sound, Smalls Records (2006); Happy Hour, Gut String Records (2009); Sweet Tooth, Gut String Records (2010); Timeline, Gut String Records (2019); Dog House Blues, Gut String Records (2020)
“Miner’s uncontrived projection of this lexicon’s spirit raises the music appreciably above the generic.”
—Bill Shoemaker, Downbeat
In addition to performing, Neal teaches private lessons through The New School and The City College of New York.