Michael's teaching style draws on his many years of study and performance in Jazz, Brazilian, African, Latin, Classical and Pop styles. As an artist, Michael is a gifted guitarist and prolific composer. As a teacher Michael brings all of his experience to bear in a unique approach that yields results quickly!
Born in Kenosha Wisconsin, Michael moved to San Francisco at 18 and began his musical career. He has explored many styles with an emphasis on jazz and developed a special way of bridging these worlds together musically, creating a special sound that is personal and passionate. There is always a buzz in his music, a feeling of freshness and passion.
Michael has played with many of the Bay Area's/Worlds finest musicians, Bob Weir, Alan Hall, Scott Amendola, Paul Van Wagenigen, Jim Ogios (Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows), Deszon Claiborne, Lex Reazon (Vinyl), Todd Sickafoose, Derek Jones, Dan Fieszli, Sam Bevan, DannZinn, Matt Renzi, Jon Arkin, Mark Bernfield, Matt Huelitt, Andy Stohler (Tracey Chapman), Kim Nalley (Pearls), Sandy Griffith, Edo Castro, Andy Dillard, AureaFernandez. Michael has also appeared at many of the Top Festivals and Clubs, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Kumbya, Great Americian Music Hall, The Sweetwater, Concord Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Fesitival, San Jose Jazz Festival, just to name a few. Michael is also known for his song writing, studio & production work.