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‘Swinging’, ‘in-the-pocket’, ‘uncluttered’ and ‘sensitive’ are just some of the terms used to describe Jeff "lefthand" Neal’s style of playing, and has favored him to be a first-call drummer for some of the Washington, DC area’s premier jazz, blues and funk artists such as; The Adrian Duke Project, Janine Gilbert-Carter, Cloudburst and Sandra Y. Johnson. Jeff has also shared the stage with such notable’-s as; Gladys Knight, Stanley Turrentine, Keter Betts and Scott Ambush. He has performed at; Blues Alley, The U.S. Capitol, Twins Jazz, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, DAR Constitution Hall, The NBA’s “2002 All Star Week-end”, Bohemian Caverns, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and The Capital Jazz Fest to name a few. Jeff Neal has toured in Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, Cozumel, Guatemala and Costa Maya as well as Belize.
Jeff Neal’s musical training began with The DC Youth Orchestra Program. Later on, his education encluded; The Percussive Arts Society (PAS), International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the KoSA Percussion Workshop. He has also taken master classes or private lessons with Ndugu Chancler, Jim Chapin, Gordon Gottlieb, Joe Morello, Ed Shaughnesy, Steve Smith, Ed Thigpen and Ralph Peterson, Jr., to name a few.
His theatrical credits include; ‘Five Guys Named Moe’_(productions at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC and The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA) and local productions of ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Just So’ and ‘Footlose’. Jeff also performed on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian’s Sun and The Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships as a member of their elite “Show Bands”. He was interviewed on WPFW’s radio show “Robyn’s Place” for their; “Salute to the Drummer” broadcast.
Jeff Neal’s own drumming style has been influenced by Steve Gadd, William Kennedy, Jimmy Cobb and Art Blakey to name a few. Jeff has been recorded on many local artist CD projects and has served the past 5 years, as the rhythm section's house drummer for the “Midnight Jam Sessions” during the annual MidAtlantic Jazz Festival. Jeff is currently a member of Advance Church and serves with the Music Ministry Team.
"Jeff Neal shows himself to be one of the most dynamic drummers around...always in support of the singer and the song.”
- Jeff Gruber, Engineer - Blue House Productions
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Sandra Y. Johnson
"what Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?"
"Nice As Can Be"
"Inside A Silent Tear"
Jeff can also be heard on the following recordings:
DRUMMER / INSTRUCTOR