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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 10, 1958

Michael Pagán was born in Ravenna (near Cleveland), Ohio. He was raised in a musical family and received his first piano instruction from his parents. He remembers hearing recordings of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis, as well as Beethoven, when he was seven years old. He entered Kent State University and earned his Master of Arts in composition; his composition teachers there were James Waters, Thomas Janson, and Frank Wiley. He was a music theory student of Hugh A. Glauser, after whose death the Kent State University School of Music was named. At Kent he played piano in the new music ensemble under the direction of Frank Wiley and the jazz ensemble under the direction of Chas Baker. His piano teachers have included Toni Glauser, Lois Rova Ozanich, Robert Palmieri, and Olga Kuehl-White of the University of Akron. The piano playing and compositions of Pat Pace were also an influence. During those years Mike played jazz piano and bass in the Akron-Cleveland area, including two years with the well-known bassist Newman Williams. Pagán also played bass himself at that time in the University Orchestra. He received his Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University, where his principle teachers were Lynden DeYoung, Alan Stout, and Steven Syverud. He played piano in the NU jazz and contemporary music ensembles, both directed by Don Owens and continued classical piano studies with Laurence Davis. While playing jazz piano in Chicago he was named a “musician deserving wider recognition” by Downbeat magazine....
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“Michael Pagán's Twelve Preludes and Fugues is a monumental addition to the saxophone quartet literature. A substantial, creative and compelling work; I believe that listeners and performers alike will find its blend of classical and jazz styles stimulating and profoundly rewarding.” Tim Timmons, Professor of Saxophone University of Missouri Kansas City

“Pagán’s mastery of contrapuntal sophistication is on full display here. . . by far, the most swinging chamber music I’ve ever heard.” Wayne E. Goins, Jazz Ambassador Magazine

“. . . a showcase for Michael Pagán’s seemingly boundless eclecticism ...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationLee's Summit, MO

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundDirector of Jazz Studies, Olivet College; University of Minnesota Duluth; Interim Director of Jazz Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder; Assistant Director of Jazz Studies, University of Missouri Kansas City; Artist-In-Residence, Missouri Valley College, Professor of Jazz Piano, Ottawa University

Clinic/Workshop InformationAvailable for clinics on any jazz topic, including improvisation, performance, big band, combo, composition, arranging, history and pedagogy.


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