Acknowledged in Jazz Times as, “A versatile, forwarding looking and accomplished performer, Michael began his professional career playing Latin Tropical music in Chicago’s inner city at age fifteen. He holds a M.M. in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from DePaul University. He has been an instructor at Triton College since 2000 and has been a lecturer at DePaul University since 2003. Reviews in regards to the various facets of his bass playing have been published in Cadence, Pulse, Jazz USA, Jazz Review, Jazz Word, Jazz Weekly, AMG, New City, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Wire, All About Jazz, Beyond Coltrane, Where, Screen, Jazz at a Glance, Chicago Reader, Progression Magazine and live performances of Michael have been aired on BET, 190 North and local cable.
He’s a versatile, forward looking and accomplished performer. Jazz Times
…Has exceptional chops and the smarts to get beyond his schooling. The Wire
His bowing is some of the best I ever heard. He is a true rival of Mike Formanek, Dave Holland and Paul Rogers. Beyond Coltrane / Fred Barrett
Mike to me has a lot of technique and he’s perfect for playing in a trio because he’s inspirational, he will follow my chords, what ever melody I play he will follow, he will change key with me which is what I need.
Hal Russell / Hal An Oral History
Willing to teach
Interested bass students with a high school diploma may register at Triton College.
2000 Fifth Ave.
River Grove, Il 60171
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