Part-time Instructor, Music
Michael has studied in New York with guitarist Gene Bertoncini, in Boston with Mick Goodrick and in Montreal with trumpeter Charles Ellison and pianist Art Roberts. Michael has performed with international artists such as Cleo Laine / John Dankworth, Don Thompson, Nathalie Choquette, David Pomeranz and under conductor Erich Kunzel with the NAC Orchestra. Locally he has performed and recorded with many Montreal jazz artists.
Michael's first CD, "Good News," is a collection of original compositions and favorite standards. "Little Voices," is Michael's second CD under his own name. Michael can also be heard on over 20 CD's including Toronto jazz singer George Evans, Frederic de Granpre, the Valentino Orchestra and Dianne Nalini. Michael teaches jazz guitar, improvisation, jazz harmony and arranging at Concordia University.
Jazz Guitar Elements (iBook and PDF)
This book is intended to help the student jazz guitarist acquire the tools and skills necessary to become an accomplished jazz musician. Although there are a number of jazz guitar books already available, this book is different in that is has been designed as a self-instructional workbook. As a jazz guitar teacher who has taught guitar for a number of years, I felt the need to stop repeating myself and put it all down in a book. This book, it is hoped, will allow the jazz guitar student to seek out much of the essential information about chords, scales and arpeggios on their own. In my teaching, this book has allowed me to free up valuable contact time with my students so I can talk about all those other things which are difficult to put down on paper.