Mike took the saxophone like a fish to water in the 5th grade, in his hometown of Storrs, CT. He then went on to attend the acclaimed 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. has garnered press in 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 . He has shared the stage with notable jazz artists such as Charles Tolliver, Marc Cary, Dezron Douglas,Rashaan Carter, Brandee Younger, Rene McLean, Steve Davis, and Nat Reeves.
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 was fortunate to learn from celebrated jazz artists Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Eric Revis, J.D. Allen, 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),as well as numerous venues across CT.
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.