Harold O’Neal -][- Whirling Mantis – [Smalls Records, 2010]
Harold O’Neal is an American Jazz Pianist, Actor, Producer, Martial Artist, Bboy, Composer, and Magician. He was born on March, 27th 1981 in Arusha, Tanzania and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the nephew of Pete O’Neal and son of Brian and Mafutari O’Neal. Harold has studied at the Paseo Academy of Performing Arts, Berklee College of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with jazz master Kenny Baron. New York City Harold’s career took off when he started touring with Jazz Saxophonist Bobby Watson in 2001.
After arriving in New York City, Harold began to establish a name for himself in the international jazz scene having performed with many jazz greats such as Elvin Jones, Kenny Garrett, Richard Davis, Nicholas Payton, Joe Chambers, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Ahmad Alaadeen, Jeff tain Watts, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Marvin Smitty Smith, and many others.
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