Michael Pagán

Michael Pagán is a jazz pianist, composer/arranger and educator who lives in the Kansas City area. He has released a number of critically acclaimed recordings and produced an extensive list of compositions and arrangements, mostly in the jazz idiom.

Since 2009 he has played solo piano every Tuesday night at the popular Cafe Trio in Kansas City. He also performs regularly with the bassist Steve Rigazzi in the duo PAGARAZZI.

Michael Pagán's jazz playing has been described on numerous occasions as elegant (Westword, Denver; Plastic Sax, Kansas City; Jazz Society of Oregon). As a pianist KCConfidential described him as “brilliant and intense.”

Pagán also leads an 18 piece big band under his own name that performs in the Kansas City region. The group mainly performs his compositions and arrangements as well as those of other members of the ensemble. In 2005 his big band CD “Pag's Groove” won unanimous critical praise in the U.S. and Europe.

Pagán teaches at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, where he has been Chair of the Music Department since 2016. At O.U. he teaches music theory, jazz piano and jazz related courses. He also directs BRAVO!, the vocal jazz ensemble of Ottawa. He has also taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Olivet College. He has also served as Director of Marketing and Communications at the American Jazz Museum. He earned graduate degrees in music composition from Kent State University and Northwestern.

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On Twelve Preludes and Fugues for Saxophone Quartet: ”Michael Pagán’s Twelve Preludes and Fugues for Saxophone Quartet is a monumental addition to the saxophone quartet literature. A substantial, creative and compelling work; I believe that listeners and performers alike will find its blend of classical and jazz styles stimulating and profoundly rewarding.” Tim Timmons, Professor of Saxophone University of Missouri Kansas City

“Pagán’s mastery of contrapuntal sophistication is on full display here...by far, the most swinging chamber music I’ve ever heard.” Wayne E. Goins, Jazz Ambassador Magazine

“...a showcase for Michael Pagán’s seemingly boundless eclecticism...“ Lucidculture.wordpress.com

“I have never heard such magnificent music composed for a saxophone quartet.” David J

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

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Credentials/Background

Director of Jazz Studies, Olivet College; University of Minnesota Duluth; Interim Director of Jazz Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder; Assistant Director of Jazz Studies, University of Missouri Kansas City; Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano, Ottawa University: Jazz Piano, Piano, Theory, Jazz Theory, Arranging, Composition, Combo, Director, BRAVO! (Jazz Singers)

Clinic/Workshop Information

Available for clinics on any jazz topic, including improvisation, performance, big band, combo, composition, arranging, history and pedagogy.

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Discography

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ARC - Artists Recording Collective
2018

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The Ottawa Sessions

The Ottawa Sessions

ARC - Artists Recording Collective
2015

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Keyboard Christmas

Keyboard Christmas

ARC - Artists Recording Collective
2012

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Three for the Ages

Three for the Ages

Capri Records
2010

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Twelve Preludes & Fugues Colorado Saxophone Quartet

Twelve Preludes &...

Tapestry Records
2010

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