Born: August 20, 1942 Primary Instrument: Piano
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. I'm keeping this one right next to my CD player!
- JANIE HARRIS (Mrs. Gene Harris), radio show host
Michael B plays Jazz with sophistication and class. His influences are present--yet balanced--in his playing, which creates an enjoyable, unique sound. A splendid selection of tunes performed with controlled emotion, Dem's Da Breaks is a great break for us, the listeners. It is a welcome addition to my collection.
- BRUCE PULVER, writer, Jazzreview.com
Michael B excites with his chops while playing deep in the keys like the late Gene Harris. I think he has a Brazilian soul that likes to play the sensual style of bossa nova. Actually, I am convinced he can play any style he chooses and do it well.
- JEANNIE BLACK, bossa2nova
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.