Born: August 20, 1942
Michael was born in Columbus, Ohio and at the age of three his family moved to San Diego, California where he would start his musical career. At the age of five, Michael's parents purchased a spinet piano for his birthday. And, within a few months, he was learning to play the piano from recordings. Much to his father's chagrin, he gravitated toward the blues and boogie. By the time he was six, he had actually learned how to play a little of each. This however, appalled his Italian father, who had aspirations for his son to become a classical pianist. Michael's grandfather was from the old country and the family listened to opera and great classical pianists every Sunday at the family dinner. Michael, therefore, spent his next seven years taking classical lessons....
- DON GORDON, KIPO-FM 89.3, Oahu, HI
Wonderful different arrangement of the standards, plus some Gene Harris-like blues and swinging bossas.
- JOE ROTHMAN, West Coast Jazz Party, Los Angeles, CA
Michael B swings like mad!
- HELEN BORGERS, KJAZZ (KKJZ-FM 88.1), Los Angeles, CA
There are a lot of jazz pianists out there these days, but here's one who has studied the masters, incorporated those influences into his own personal approach, and wraps it all (on Dem's Da Breaks) with a mighty fine ensemble.
- JIM SANTELLA, All About Jazz
Michael has captured the spirit of the music and artists who influenced him in his new CD, Dem's Da Breaks. He is an exquisite pianist with an obvious love of the music...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.