Born in Minneapolis, pianist Jill McCarron spent her childhood and teen years in Canada. She is a graduate of Humber College in Toronto, having majored in jazz performance and arranging under the tutelage of Ron Collier, who himself had served as arranger to Duke Ellington in the 70s. While in Toronto she performed regularly with her ensembles in the city's top venues, including George's Spaghetti House and the Montreal Bistro. Shortly after completing her studies at the New School, the Jill McCarron Quintet won first place in the Cognac Hennessy Jazz Competition, which led to a spot in the national finals in Los Angeles. Jill has worked and toured with such notable artists as the great trumpeter Randy Brecker, alto saxist Vincent Herring, tenor saxist Don Braden, guitarist Russell Malone, bassists Harvie S. and Jay Leonhart, among many others. She continues to be in demand in the NYC area as a jazz artist, as well as for solo piano and vocals in clubs and for private engagements. See Jill McCarron play at the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown.
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