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Willie McNeil

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 BIOGRAPHY:

Willie McNeil is one of LA's most diversified percussionists. He has played professionally now for almost 30 years and racked up quite a few credits. He's probably best known for his band The Solsonics and their critically acclaimed CD 'Jazz in the Present Tense', Jump With Joey or his tenure as the musical director of the famous Hollywood burlesque club Forty Deuce. But in whatever line up you know him from you'll always remember his style.

Willie has had two major record deals and one major publishing deal and has played over 100 shows a year for the past 15 years. He finds himself busy doing session work, usually for film, as well as public and private dates and international tours. He writes, sings, produces and even does some acting.

He has performed with acts as diverse as the rapper Guru, John Mayall (at age 21), Joe Strummer and Ernest Ranglin, to name a few. Willie has had a love affair with Latin music for some time now and it shows in his original project Sono-Lux, a band that mixes salsa, timba Cuban folklore and funk. However, he's probably best known for his authentic Jamaican ska drumming.

Willie currently leads the house band at the King King on Tuesday nights (the Latin group Sono-Lux) and is the musical director of the new Hollywood nightclub 86. He's had quite a career of residencies going back to the original King King, Bokaos and Lucky 7 to the more recent Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce

Willie's compounded experience in the music business over the past 25 years is irreplaceable, and makes him a valuable asset in any musical venture.


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