Jazz guitarist John McLean's 25 year career has included work as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader and educator. Since completing studies at Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and the University of Miami (M.M.), he 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, Dave Douglas, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Patricia Barber, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum, Jane Ira Bloom, Jerry Granelli, Arthur Blythe, Scott Robinson, Jay Clayton, Jack Mouse, Janice Borla, and many more.
John'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. He has appeared on more than twenty other recordings.
John's teaching resume includes prior faculty positions at Eastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University and the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp.