Michael was raised in
South Florida and began playing guitar when he was seven. Michaelís father
was a jazz aficionado and saturated Michael with the genius of artists such
as Lester Young, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Pass, Wes
Montgomery, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt and, Michaelís mentors,
Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio.
Michael attended the
University of Miami, majoring in Jazz Guitar. But then he heard the Blues!
He found that in Blues music he could completely and freely express himself.
Michael moved to San
Francisco in the early 90ís and fell under the tutelage of his now close
friend and longtime bluesman, Johnny Nitro. Thanks to Johnnyís
encouragement, Michael developed his own style and set off on his own to
front an electric blues trio.
has played his blistering yet soulful guitar from coast to coast. He has
performed with or opened for the likes of BB King, The Fabulous
Thunderbirds, W.C. Clark, CoCo Montoya, Sonny Rhodes, Walter Trout, Ben E.
King, Del Shannon, Little Anthony, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Rush and Chuck Berry.
now calls Southwest Ohio his home and continues to receive praise as one of
the premier blues guitarists in the area. His newest CD,
Get Offended, Live contains cuts that will get
you dancing and cuts that will leave you shaking your head and wondering,
How does he DO that? The CD covers live shows from the Repeat Offenders
recorded in Florida and California.