Born: October 10, 1984 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Mike Lorenz, guitarist/composer/bandleader, is an up-and- coming musician from Philadelphia, PA. He leads an original jazz quartet, the Mike Lorenz Quartet, which features some of the most in- demand musicians in the Philadelphia area as well as its surrounding areas.
The band's music exists between the innovations of modern jazz, the experiments of free jazz and the avant garde and the feeling of post-bop and bebop.
Mike has led his band in performance at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Ars Nova Workshop/Sci Fi Philly series, Tritone and the Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia as well as numerous venues in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. He has performed with Andrew D’Angelo, Skip Wilkins, Matt Mitchell, John Swana, Jim Ridl, and Lou Lanza.
He is a member of the Tony Gairo Band, the Tony Gairo Big Band, the Doug Hawk Proposition, the Hoppin’ John Orchestra, Daniel Peterson's Truth and Consequence and a jazz composers collective called the Dirt Party. With these groups he has had the opportunity to perform at Tutuma Social Club and the Brooklyn Lyceum in New York City, the Kimmel Center, the Rotunda, the PSALM Salon, Settlement Music School and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Bethlehem (PA) Musikfest and Allentown Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA.