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Michael L.   
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Instruments: Saxophones
Top 5 Tours / Live Gigs: Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, Little Richard, Brian Culbertson, Gary US Bonds
Recordings: Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, Brian Culbertson, Doc Powell, Will Downing

Biography:

Michael has demonstrated his contemporary saxophone chops with a steady stream of chart-toppers since his debut album in 1997. Now Michael is back with A SONG FOR YOU his second Rendezvous recording.
A defining characteristic of all of the albums 11 tracks are unexpected shifts in mood and instrumentation that flow organically in and out of each other. Randy Waldmans keyboards, and the All-Star ensemble featuring Vinnie Colauita, Brian Bromberg, Dean Parks, Luis Conte, and a top Los Angeles session orchestra, season each song to perfection.

Leaning strongly toward the pop side of jazz, with classical, Brazilian, Latin, and gospel shadings plays a distinctive contemporary saxophone.

Growing up in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark, Michael is the grandson of Otto , a jazz pioneer in their tiny country, and bandleader for Shirley Bassey, Josephine Baker and Fats Waller, amongst many others. As a childhood fan of musicians like Vinnie Colaiuta, Dean Parks and Randy Waldman, Michael would replay his vinyl jazz recordings again and again, reflecting on the memories of his grandfathers era.

Little did Michael know, that someday, his name would be nestled in the notes next to those of his childhood heroes in an album of contemporary classics. The rich legacy of his grandfathers jazz connection, his classical training, and a stint of touring in Europe, led him to the U.S. in 1990, and at 21, he began performing with Little Richard , Gary U.S. Bonds and Randy Crawford. He also landed a four year gig touring with singer Bobby Caldwell, joining the list of imminent sax players associated with the singer, including Rendezvous co-founder Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Boney James.


 
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