Mike Gellar, a jazz guitarist with a distinctive harmonic approach to improvisation, cites Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and Emily Remler among his influences, which include horn players and other instrumentalists and vocalists as well. While mostly self-taught, Mike studied music theory at Frostburg State University and privately with guitarists Bill Bittner and Larry Woolridge. Born in Baltimore and residing near Hagerstown, Maryland, Mike performs in duo, trio, quartet and quintet settings in the Frederick, Baltimore, Washington and Harrisburg areas. His repertoire consists of swing, be-bop, cool and modern jazz from a vast variety of composers.
Mike began playing guitar at age 9 and was soon playing Beatles tunes. As a teenager, he began forming and leading bands, influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. While in college, a friend played a Joe Pass/Oscar Peterson album for him and he has been hooked ever since then, studying and performing with many wonderful musicians.
Mike's CD Perdido features Mike along with DC-area musicians Steve Abshire, Chris Bacas, Chris Battistone, Tommy Cecil, Paul Langosch, Mike Smith, Alan Wonneberger and Dave Wundrow. The varied instrumental formats range from a duo with two guitars to a quintet with guitar, sax, trumpet, bass and drums. The 71-1/2 minute CD is comprised of Perdido, Indian Summer, There Is No Greater Love, Israel, Angel Eyes, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Alice In Wonderland, On The Trail, I Love You, Wendy, Mohawk and Broadway.