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Michael Pagan

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.”

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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

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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Pag's Groove

Pag's Groove

Capri Records
2005

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Duo

Duo

Dutch Music Partners
2003

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