Veteran jazz guitarist/composer Michael Musillami is known to critics as a superior guitarist (DownBeat), one of the more imaginative guitarists in jazz (Signal to Noise) and a modern-day jazz master (Edmonton Journal). They have also noted that his distinctive original compositions mine not only the fertile vein of classic jazz but the outer reaches of creative music (Hartford Courant), calling his music honest, frequently surprising, and consistently exciting (JazzTimes).
Born and raised in California, Musillami was inspired early on by musicians including Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans. He studied with renowned guitarist Joe Diorio before moving permanently to the East coast in the early 1980's, working primarily in organ trios led by Richard Groove Holmes and Bobby Buster among others.
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Musillami's abilities on his electric guitar are without parallel. And there is no
question that he feels every note that every instrument makes.
--Lyn Horton, All About Jazz
Musillami has developed a very distinctive guitar voice over the years. His
early work was fluent and well-executed, but in recent years his playing has
matured, along with his writing ability.
--Chuck Obuchowski, Hartford Courant
...he continues to assert himself not only as a very competent performer, but
especially as one of the most innovative composers on the scene.