Jazz Pianist & Organist, Michael Lamkin is from the Boston area via Miami, FL where he attended Miami Dade College and studied with pianist, the late Wally Cirillo of Red Norvo and Joe Diorio fame. He also led a number of trios and quintets. In Miami he has performed with multi-horn man Ira Sullivan and altoist Jay Corre of the Buddy Rich band. He relocated to Los Angeles for various studio sessions before returning to the northeast.
Michael has performed extensively throughout the northeast region.Groups he has performed with among others are his jazz organ trio, Wee B3, with guitarist Mike Novakowski and drummer Cliff Brucker who have performed numerous gigs in the area including The Stockade Inn, Albany Jazz Gala, Jazz On Jay series, Grappa 72 and Swingtime concert series. Latin jazz veterans Caribe Mambo, Groove Nouveau, One Eyed Cat, saxophonist Charles Neville and swing band Nitro Jive round out the lineup. Latest projects include vocalists April Marie, Pat Andreoli and Teresa Broadwell.
Additionally, he has performed as a soloist and with his own trios and quartets in venues such as The Van Dyck, Stockade Inn, One Caroline Street, The Albany Hilton, Justin's On Lark, Provence, Nicole’s, The Circus Café, , Saratoga National Golf Club, the Gideon Putnam, Cafe Lena, Grappa 72, and the Castle Street Café. Other events include Victorian Stroll, Troy Night Out, Albany Musicians Jazz Gala, Jazz on Jay as well as numerous other AFM union sponsored events. University at Albany, and the Sage Colleges.
Michael has appeared on WAMC radio's "Dancing on the Air" and WGY radio’s Don Weeks program. Recorded airplay has included WHRL-FM, WABY, WGY, WRPI as well as several other stations nationally. He has performed on Alan Chartock's "See, Hear" television program on WNYT Channel 13 as a solo pianist and with his jazz organ trio. Recording credits include LA studio work and a CD with Caribe Mambo that received a favorable revue in Jazz Times magazine. Has more recently studied with Jazz Organist Tony Monaco.