Mike took the saxophone like a fish to water in the 5th grade, in his hometown of Storrs, CT. Seeking more musical opportunities, he began attending the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts in high school, where he graduated from the jazz proram. He then went on to attend the renowned Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford's Hartt School, CT). While at Hartt he was fortunate to study with acclaimed jazz artists such as saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, & Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. He has garnered press in The Hartford Courant, AllAboutJazz.com, The New Haven Register, WNPR, and others. Nominated for “Best Jazz” in the Hartford Advocate’s “CT Music Awards”, Mike has played to audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the State.
In early 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz musicians/composers worldwide selected to participate in the prestigious 2 week “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he studied with celebrated jazz artists Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Eric Revis, J.D. Allen, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, and Cyrus Chestnut. Mike has performed at well-respected venues such as The Kennedy Center (DC), Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC), Minton’s & Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), and the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), as well as numerous venues & festivals across CT. Over the past few years, Mike has shared the stage with notable jazz artists such as Marc Cary, Charles Tolliver, Bertha Hope, Rashaan Carter, EJ Strickland, JD Allen, Tarus Mateen, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Brandee Younger, Ben Williams, Dezron Douglas, and Benito Gonzalez.
Mike has enchanted audiences young & old alike, performing a unique blend of upbeat, accessible, original music and exciting arrangements of jazz standards with a mature lyricism and a sound that commands the attention of the audience.