Only a few jazz guitarists throughout the country can match the focused intensity of his playing. He gets a sweeping, gorgeous, day-glo tone from his guitar that grabs the ear even in a crowd; once he has your attention, he holds on to it with quick, hard stories perched between street-talk and Olympian pronouncement.
Jazz guitarist John McLean's 25 year career has included work as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, and educator.
Since completing music studies at The Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami, McLean has toured throughout the world, performing and recording in a wide variety of musical contexts.
He has appeared and recorded with Kurt Elling, Mose Allison, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum, Dave Douglas, Arthur Blythe, and many more.
McLean's 2007 recording, "Better Angels," (Origin Records) features his exciting septet in a program of original music and innovative arrangements of jazz classics. The project reflects McLean's increasing interest in combining jazz improvisation with more elaborate compositional structures and fresh instrumental settings.
John McLean is currently based in the Chicago area and is on the music faculties of Roosevelt University and North Central College.