Mike Sailors has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpeter’s on New York City’s thriving swing and traditional jazz scene. He has worked with Ralph Lalama, Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band, James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Dizzy’s Club All-Star Orchestra, The Hot Sardines and many other lesser-known, but nonetheless outstanding bands and instrumentalists in the NYC area. He’s also worked on and off Broadway in several pits, but most notably with the sell-out success Sleep No More, where he currently serves as the Music Director.
A native of Charleston, SC, Mike Sailors began his musical training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with bassist Steve Haines and with jazz trumpet guru Rob Smith.
After completing his degree in 2005, Sailors was asked to join the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the NCJRO features some of the states best jazz artists. With the NCJRO, Sailors appeared in concert with jazz luminaries, Sean Jones, Don Braden, Byron Stripling, McCoy Tyner, and many others.
During his time in NC, Sailors dove into music composition – mainly for large jazz ensembles. Composition would eventually turn into a large part of Sailors’ musical identity. He has composed music for Peter Bernstein, Rodney Whitaker, Ryan Kisor, Sean Jones and a host of other artists and organizations including The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and many more.