playing gigs at the age of 16 in his home town of Toronto
with blues guitarist Jeff Healy and soon realized music
would be his path. After studying with Dave Holland and
others at a jazz workshop, he auditioned for the Berklee
school of music and was accepted on a full scholarship where
he would study and perform for 2 years with some of the
greatest musicians in the world, including Joe Viola, Herb
Pomeroy, Clark Terry and many others .As well as winning
the Boston Jazz society award in 1988, Mike did several
recording sessions of original material for the Canadian
national radio during this period.
In 1989, Mike moved to NYC to continue his studies(Joe Lovano)
and to develop further as a player. He began playing in
pianist Joey Calderazzo's group and travelling to Europe
with many great musicians including Billy Hart and Chris
Minh Doky, and recorded his first cd in 1991. From '92 to
'94 Mike lived in Germany where he performed with Barbara
Dennerlein and Antonio Farao and led many of his own groups
In 1995, Mike returned to New York and began working with
the Michael Franks group and occasionally the Dave Douglas
sextet. He also formed the metal band Usape, starting a
second career as a singer and exploring the use of electronics.
In '98, he began playing with the Mingus Big Band, with
which he still performs. Other recent gigs include those
with Lee Ritenour, Billy Kilson sextet, Brad Shepik, Oliver
Lake, and Frank Lacy.
Presently Mike is working on some new projects and
honing his producer chops.He recently built a sizable recording
studio in his home and has been writing and developing
in this ideal environment.