Trained as a classical pianist and conductor, Mike Holober began his apprenticeship as a jazz pianist and composer after moving to New York City in 1986. He has worked with some of the best jazz artists on the scene, and can be heard on over 40 recordings as a sideman.
His own projects include The Mike Holober Quintet and The Gotham Jazz Orchestra. The quintet’s first recording, Canyon, was released in 2003, and Wish List — featuring Tim Ries on saxophone, Brian Blade on drums, Wolfgang Muthspiel on guitar, and John Patitucci on bass — came out in 2006. The Gotham Jazz Orchestra’s Thought Trains (2005) received a 4 star review in DownBeat Magazine and was listed as one of the magazine’s outstanding CDs of 2005. Quake, the orchestra’s most recent recording, is due out on Sunnyside Records in January 2009.
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Assistant Professor, City College of New York
Associate Director BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop
Jazz Orchestra rehearsals (including teacher training)
Composition and performance master classes