Backstabber's Ball

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Neal Caine is one of the premier jazz bassist on the scene today.  His style is punctuated by a huge sound, a great feel, excellent technique and lots of experience.  Born Jan. 11, 1973 in St. Louis, Mo., Neal started to play the violin, the Suzuki Method, at three years old and continued playing classical violin through his teenage years.  In highschool, Neal switched to electric and acoustic bass.  Upon graduating from University City High School, Neal moved south to study at Tulane University and immerse himself in the rich music scene of New Orleans.  While in New Orleans, Neal not only studied at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans,  he also began to work around the clubs in town with a variety of musicians such as Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Nicolas Payton, Mark Whitfield, Donald Harrison, Brian Blade among others.  During his freshman year at Tulane, when faced with the choice of taking his final exams or going on a European tour with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Neal chose the latter and has been working ever since.   After three years in New Orleans, Neal joined the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.  At twenty one years old, Neal moved to New York City.

After more than three years of working with Elvin Jones,  Neal began touring with Diana Krall.  With  guitarist Russell Malone, Neal played with Krall for a year before joining the band of jazz legend Betty Carter.  Known not only for her unique style and tight bands, but for turning out the top young musicians of the day.  Neal was in her band for a year until her untimely death.  After a brief stint in the Benny Green Trio, in 2000, Neal joined the  Harry Connick jr. big band and has been working with him ever since.  In 2005, Neal released his first cd as a leader, "Backstabber's Ball' (Small's Records). It is compiled of all original compositions and features the excellent drumming of Jason Marsalis, and the deft sax work of Ned Goold and Stephen Riley.

Neal has worked with musicians like Elvin Jones, Diana Krall, Harry Connnick Jr., Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis,Jeff Watts, Javon Jackson, Oliver Lake, Dr. John, Dr. Micheal White, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Mulgrew Miller, Dany Brilant, Micheal Kaeshammer, Danny Barker, Mark Anthony, Kim Burrell, Sonny Fortune, Michelle Camillo, Benny Green, Jay Hogard, Wycliffe Gordon, Marlon Jordan, Vanessa Rubin, Wes Anderson, Ali Jackson, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Reed, Russell Gunn, Mark Turner, Loston Harris, Irvin Mayfield, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, David Torkanowsky, Antonio Hart, and Jude Law, among others.  He has performed all over the world, including Brazil, China, Australia, Lebanon, India, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, Phillipines, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and in all the major clubs and festivals in Europe and the United States; including The  North Sea Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts', Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall,  the Hollywood Bowl, the Blue Note, Small's, the Village Vangaurd, The Grand Ole' Opry, The Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House and others.  He has worked on Broadway as member of the Pajama Game Orchestra. He has performed  with the Boston Pops, under the direction of John Williams, with the Detriot Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared on many t.v. and radio shows like 'Melrose Place', BBC, PBS 'The American Experience', Black Entertainment Television, 'The Tony Awards', 'The Today Show', 'Oprah', 'The Late Show with David Letterman', 'The Ellen Degeneres Show', 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', 'The View', "Emiril Live', American Morning(CNN), NPR's 'A Prarie Home Companion',  the half-time show for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, the 2008 NBA All-Star Game,the closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Award Show, for President Goerge Bush, Canadien Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, and for Pope Benidict XVI's final visit to Yankee Stadium.  
Neal has recorded with many musicians including Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Micheal Kaeshammer, Ellis Marsalis, Alex Acuna, Paulihno da Costa, Mark Anthony, Kim Burrell, Freddy Washington, Jimmy Cobb, John Hicks,Kermit Ruffins, Maria Maldaur, Irvin Mayfield, Billy Hart, Dany Brillant, Brian Blade, Marcus Printup, Andre Hayward, Greg Hutchinson, Billy Harper, Kelli O'Harra, Greg Tardy, Vince Gardner, Kim Burrell, Eric Harland, and Wes Anderson.