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.
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...“
I have never heard such magnificent music composed for a saxophone quartet.
Willing to teach
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)
Available for clinics on any jazz topic, including improvisation, performance, big
band, combo, composition, arranging, history and pedagogy.