Liza Micelli, Chicago-born pianist/composer and songwriter, respects her Chicago Blues and swing roots while embracing Afro-Caribbean and world folklore.
She is a graduate from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico (CMPR) with a concentration in Jazz and Afro- Caribbean performance.
Micelli began her studies with classical pianist Mary Petrulis and jazz pianist Skip Green. In 2005 she earned a scholarship to attend Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Jazz performance. She studied under Peter Saxe, former pianist for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Latin percussionist Ruben Alvarez. It was here she attended clinics with Chuchito Valdes, Jon Faddis, the Yellow Jackets, Christian McBride, Cedar Walton, Bill Charlap, Luis Marin, Eddie Gómez, Luis Perico Ortiz, Kurt Elling and Lalo Schifrin among others.