Mike Lorenz

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Bethlehem

The musicians bring traditional jazz aplomb and an intrepid sense of musicianship to each of their efforts on the new album, and the results prove both accessible and surprising.
—WXPN's the Key

Updated: October 25, 2019

Born: October 10, 1984

Mike Lorenz, guitarist/composer/educator, hails from Bethlehem, PA where he is a member of the music faculty at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Since 2007, Mike has kept a busy schedule as a freelancing performer, leading his trio/quartet in performance up-and-down the Northeast Corridor. He has held a residency at Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA, recently rated the best brewery in PA and one of the top 50 breweries in the world, for 7 years. Since his first album in 2012, Of the Woods, Mike has since released 6 records under his own leadership, the most recent of which, released in August 2019, features his group, Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees.


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”Working within the melodically edgy orbit of such role models as Ben Monder and Kurt Rosenwinkel, he can float by on chordal clouds or stun you with quick flashes of linear brilliance… Lorenz’s quartet comes at the material with a sense of whimsy and seasoned trust.” —David R. Adler, Philadelphia Weekly

“The musicians bring traditional jazz aplomb and an intrepid sense of musicianship to each of their efforts on the new album, and the results prove both accessible and surprising.” - WXPN's the Key, review of Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees

Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Bethlehem

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Mike Lorenz is a distinguished regional educator in jazz and improvised music. He teaches and directs the jazz band at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA. Additionally he has taught at the Moravian College Summer Jazz Camp, and the Moravian Academy Summer Jazz Camp.

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