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Michael Gregory Michael Gregory

Songwriter, Composer, Guitarist, Improviser, Poet and Music Producer Michael Gregory (nee Michael Gregory Jackson) is a figure who paved the way for the Black Rock movement in the 1980s.

A musical innovator and brilliant improviser, always on the cutting edge, he recording for Arista, RCA, Island and many other labels and headed the power-trio Signal. Gregory's genre bending guitar virtuosity is readily apparent, scumbling phrases into grays and browns with the use of a volume pedal (an acknowledged influence on Bill Frisell and many other musicians).

Michael is also an accomplished and mind-blowing vocalist, often compared to Sting, Smokey Robinson, Seal and Al Jarreau. Michael has successfully straddled the pop and improvised music worlds since the beginning of his career in the 1970s. Michael's influences vary widely, from Stravinsky to Cage from Hemphill to Ellington from Wonder to Bacharach. Michael possesses his own very unique, highly creative and fertile voice.

Born Michael Gregory Jackson in New Haven, Connecticut, Michael began to play guitar at the age of seven. In his teens he often performed his own material during solo gigs and band appearances. Among Michaels early influences were Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Son House, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Igor Stravinsky. His father exposed him to Wes Montgomery, Mahalia Jackson, Les Paul, Mary Ford, and early George Benson, and Michael's musical destiny began to take shape.

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Selected Reviews:

Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity re-release ESP-Disk 2010 (1976) “The opening “Clarity” (the title also contains a graphic element not reproducible here) begins with terse acoustic guitar arpeggios, keening flute and tenor, and then moves through an evenly-spaced upward tone row, following along a path outlined by Smith's concept of rhythm units. The shock��”at least to those solely weaned on improvised music��”comes when Gregory spins out a delicate, soulful tune with a vocal delivery reminiscent of a young Stevie Wonder. It's a short sung poem that meanders along a burbling sonic brook, but its effect is extraordinary, immediate and unlike anything else before or since in improvised music”

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

California Institute for the Arts L.A., CA, visiting Composer, Faculty , Artist and Student workshops 2005- present, Copenhagen Rhythmic Conservatory of Music DK visiting Composer, Faculty , Artist and Student workshops 1979- present Sonnderburg Music Academy, DK visiting Composer, Faculty, Artist and Student workshops Hampshire College 2008-2009 visiting Composer and Artist, Student workshops, Michael’s pieces performed at Student Spring Concert New England Conservatory of Music Faculty Third Stream Department 1979-1980 Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, N.Y. Faculty 1975- 1986 Visiting Artist Berklee College of Music, N.Y.U., Columbia University, Yale University, Southern Connecticut State College.

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Albums by Michael Gregory

Album Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity by Michael Gregory

Michael Gregory...

Unknown label
2010

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The Way We Used To Do

Creative Sources
1990

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What To Where

Creative Sources
1988

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