Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Gregory, Michael (Michael Gregory Jackson)
Gregory, Michael [Michael Gregory Jackson], guitar, singer, songwriter; b. New Haven, CT, 1953. Michael began to play guitar at the age of seven. In his teens he often performed his own material during solo gigs and band appearances. Among Michael's early influences were Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Son House, Joni Mitchell and Igor Stravinsky. His father exposed him to Wes Montgomery, Mahalia Jackson, Les Paul, Mary Ford, and early George Benson, and Michael's musical destiny began to take shape. Progressive creative improvised music composer and trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith, influenced Gregory to look beyond the boundaries of rock, folk and mainstream jazz, and soon Michael was playing avant-garde music with Smith and such other notables as pianist Anthony Davis, saxophonists David Murray and Oliver Lake. As had David Bowie and others before him, Michael changed his name in 1982, to Michael Gregory, to avoid confusion with another artist who shared his name. It was during this period that Michael's career began to take off while living in New York.
He's performed and/or recorded with Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Nile Rodgers, David Murray, Jack Dejohnette, Bernard Edwards, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Winwood, Walter Becker, Anthony Davis, Anton Fig, Melle Mel, Omar Hakim, David Sancious, Marcus Miller, Jerry Marotta, Nona Hendryx, Ed Blackwell, Tony Thompson, Karl Berger, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Vernon Reid, Anthony Braxton and many others.
He's done cabarets and theater performances with Ntozake Shange, Jessica Hagedorn, and Thulani Davis-Jarmon (Joseph Papp's Shakespeare Public Theater NYC). He appeared in "Moving Beyond the Madness" curated by playwright, George Wolfe (New York Public Theater). He's played various venues USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, too numerous to list.
Towards The Sun; Red; The Way We Used To Do; What To Where; Situation-X; Cowboys, Cartoons And Assorted Candy; Heart And Center; Gifts; Karmonic Suite; Clarity, Circle, Triangle, Square; Wildflower Loft Jazz Series
Television and videos (selected):
Appeared on MTV, PBS and other video networks,
"Can't Carry You" from "Situation-X" on Island Records.
"Adventures in Success" w/Will Powers and Meatloaf for Island Records.