Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Mike has degrees from the University of Missouri/Columbia (B.S. in Music Education) and Northeast Missouri State University (Masters in Music Education). His teachers included Keith House and John Alexander. From 1971 to 1974, he was a trumpeter in the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington D.C., and in 1976 he became a faculty member at Boston's Berklee College of Music, a position he held for six years. At Berklee, Mike taught private trumpet, music theory and jazz improvisation and, while in Boston from 1976 to 1989, he led his own Boston-based jazz quartet, appearing in numerous club, concert and festival settings across New England and the U.S. Mike is a recipient of the "Outstanding Brass Player" award at the annual Boston Music Awards and, in addition to appearing on numerous jazz recordings as a sideman, he has released eight solo albums. Since 1983 Mike has also been one of the few trumpeters to regularly perform on the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), a trumpet synthesizer with many dimensions and musical possibilities. Originally developed by Nyle Steiner, the EVI has an eight-octave range, is MIDI capable, and, as Mike says, "can double as a bug sprayer." Today, Mike is a freelance performer and music journalist in the Kansas City area. He is also a past editor of Kansas City's "Jazz Ambassador Magazine" (JAM), a position he held from 1994 to 2003.
Blue Jay Sessions (1982); Day In -- Night Out (1986); Kaleidoscope (1988);
From Then 'Til Now (1992); Street of Dreams (1996); Close Enough For Love
(2001); KC Potpourri (2003); Back to Basics (2004).