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Where are you located?
Planet Earth
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Educator, Recording Engineer, Jazz Historian, Collector
Tell us a little about your background...
I am a unique and original composer, arranger, instrumentalist, pedagogue with decades of blood sweat and tears experience in the life, with a deep love for jazz and music in general,
more particularly improvised music.
....still strivin' to better myself as person and an artist, and
perpetuate the MUSIC in an uncompromising way.
I was born in NYC and have lived in France, Russia, Japan, Taiwan and Brazil. I have traveled to approximately 20 other countries.
I consider myself a citizen of the world...
I am basically an autodidact (self taught) musician and composer.
I did spend some time @ Jazz Mobile, Berklee and the New School back in the day...all @ a relatively elementary level.
Some of my teachers and at times mentors include:
Steve Lacy, Steve Grossman, David Liebman, Billy Pierce, Joe Ferguson, Kenny Rogers, Ernie Wilkins. Clifford Jordan, Alan Silva.

Here is a list of some of the wonderful artists that I’ve had the honor and the pleasure of performing and or recording with over the years:

- John Betsch, Ron Pittner, Brice Wassy, Pheroan aklaff, Terreon Gully, Phoenix Rivera, Bruce Cox, Jun Saito, Toko Hino, Masahiko Togashi, Cecil Monroe, Edik Zizak, Sergei Ostromuov, Sasha Mashin, Jorge Amorim, Jorge Brasil, Marcelo Brasil, Fred "Catfish" Alias, Damon Short

- J.J. Avenel, Alan Silva, Cecil McBee, Curtis Lundy, Reggie Washington, Darryl Hall, Mark Helias, Essiet Essiet, Noel Ekwabi, Tamio Kawabata, Benisuke Sakai, Nobuyoshi Ino, Shigeo Sugiyama, Derek Jackson, David Levray, Taurus Mateen, Larry Kohut, Igor Ivanushkin,

- Bobby Few, Cynthia Hilts, Fabian Reza Pane, Makoto Tereshita, Masahiko Sato, Andrei Razin, Lev Kushnir, Leonid Vinskevich

- Barry Wedgle, J.F. Kellner, Gustavo Dantas, Mo Brasil, Muniir Hossn, Val Belin (King B), Brian Carrott

- Graham Haynes, Nicolas Genest, Greg Glasman, Jeff Beer, Jerry Gonzalez, Gileno Santana, Itaru Oki, Ryan Schultz, Mark Sims, Noah Bless, Freddie Dantes

- Antoine Roney, Tom Alexander, George Garzone, Brad Wheeler, Marcio Tobias, Jean Michel Couchet, Nicolai Vinskevich, Jeff Jordan, Francois Theberge

- Abdou M’Boup, Biboul Darouich, Bira Reis, Dende, Martihno da Cuica, Ravi Magnifique, Bob Amacker, Bira Reis

- Gino Sitson, J.D. Walters, Tatyana Komova, Andrei Mangoush, Bolot

- Memorable sittin’ in experiences include : Mal Waldron, Les McCann, Eddie Gomez

- I will add to this list from time to time.

- more info available @ www.mikeellismusic.com

Some of my favorite artists (this list includes all forms of artistic expression) :
- Miles (Davis) (and just about everybody ever musically associated with him)
- Bird (Charlie Parker)
-Trane (John Coltrane)
- Monk (Thelonius)
- Mingus (Charles)
- Duke (Ellington)
- Elvin (Jones)
- Jack Dejohnette
- Woody (Shaw)
- Freddie (Hubbard)
- Dizzy (Gillespie)
- Prez (Lester Young)
- Louis Armstrong
- Muddy Waters
- Cecil (Taylor)
- Ornette (Coleman)
- Bob Marley
- Picasso (Pablo)
- Dali (Salvador)
- Pollack (Jackson)
- Kandinsky (Vassily)
- Stravinsky (Igor)
- Bartok (Bela)
- Debussy (Claude)
- Shoenberg (Arnold)
- Berg (Alban)
- Dutilleux (Henri)
- Schnitke (Alfred)
- Elliott Carter
- Maurice Bejart
- Judith Jameson
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
- Rudolf Nureev
- Tanaka Min
- Shiro Daimon
- Fellini (Frederico)
- Spike Lee
- Jim Jarmusch
- Ray Barretto
- Eddie Palmieri
- Jerry Gonzalez
- Gonzalo Rubalcaba
- Brice Wassy
- Cheik Tidiane Seck
- Horace Silver
- Quincy Jones
- James Brown
- Bootsy Collins
- George Clinton
- Gil Scott Heron
- Salif Keita
- Oumou Sangare
- Boubacar Traore
- Billy Holiday
- Sarah Vaughan
- Betty Carter
- Diane Reeves
- Johnny Hartman
- Frank Sinatra
- Cassandra Wilson
- Nat King Cole
- Gil Evans
- Thad Jones
- Bob Florence
- Blue Mitchell
- Steve Coleman
- Bob Mintzer
- Maria Schneider
- Florian Ross
- Bill Hollman
- Graham Haynes
- Antoine Roney
- Joe Lovano
- Charlie Haden
- Don Cherry
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Murakami (Hiroki)
- Walter Mosely
- Lucius Shepard
- Toni Morrison
- Langston Hughs
- Hunter S Thompson
- Jorge Amado
- Charles Bukovsky
- Baudelaire (Charles)
- Appollinaire (Guillaume)
- Rimbaud (Arthur)
- TS Elliot
- James Joyce
- Shakespeare
......i'll continue to add to this list as time goes on...

FAVORITE QUOTES as told 2 me:

"Music is magic and logic is the lowest form of magic."
- Cecil Taylor

"...if i didn't think i could hear something I've never heard before every time I perform, I'd stop performing and stay home and compose"
- Ornette Coleman

"...OK... Mike ...I get it...you're inviting the unexpected."
- Cecil McBee
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Sheik-Omar Sanogo's news letter
What Instrument do you play?
Percussion, Saxophone
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.alphapocket.com
I agree that I will not spam the site with inappropriate postings for this action is subject to suspension
yes

SAWADOGO

A few words about the photos...the little guy with the sopranino sax, and the young man with the the upright bass are one and the same...my son Alex.

The band pix are from a performance of the Bahia Band in Salvador Bahia Brazil last year.

...the paintings that are part of my photo slide show are by Sawadogo, he also did the art work along with Hanjo Maertsch on the cover of my most recent CD "Bahia Band" and backdrop seen in the photos of the Bahia Band on stage...

SAWADOGO is from Burkina Fasso West Afrika and resides in Aix en Provence, France. He can be contacted thru me.

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World Soul Chill Out Jazz - BLU SKETCH PAD SERIES

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 3:03am 0 Comments

U BLU TOO is my most recent composition ... and the continuation of the "SKETCH PAD" Series in the same line as my previous YouTube post "I MISS U BLU" kind of on a 'World Soul Chill Out Jazz' tip  Both in my Play List & in in my Videos... a rudimentary 'Roots' home recording ... on a 8 yr old laptop with built in mic & a noisy fan )))) (Finale midi files GarageBand - i tunes - imovie) ... 1st take one time through ... for the solo ... tryin' to keep it…

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World Jazz/Bahia

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 2:40pm 0 Comments

The Bahia Band (my most recent foray into the world of "World Jazz") is a project that developed after visiting Salvador (Bahia) Brazil several times during the recording and mixing of the Speak in Tones “Subaro” project (2003-2004). I fell in love with it’s people and it’s music. I have now come to make it one of my homes. This band is basically a continuation of what I’ve been doing along with artists like Graham Haynes, Brice Wassy, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Antoine Roney, Steve Coleman, Lonnie… Continue

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At 12:52pm on February 26, 2011, Firefly Soul said…
thanks mike great grooves . Cheers Lenny
At 1:58am on August 10, 2010, Beni Williams said…
Mail me your cell for a chinwag...
At 1:58am on August 10, 2010, Beni Williams said…
Hey Maestro - What's the story? Beni is temporarily in de UK for a spot of R&R from the sweatbox of Central Japan - how's the Jazz Detecting - Sheerluck Homes????
At 4:50am on July 27, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi! Check out my new cd:
http://www.myspace.com/petracaramela
Have fun!
P
At 2:46pm on March 9, 2010, Jeff Jordan said…
How'd you end up back in Paris?
At 7:13am on March 9, 2010, Kelly Rossum said…
Mike-

thanks for the note. a good buddy of mine (and killing saxophonist) Woody Witt will be playing in Paris within a couple of days. Maybe you can catch him? (I think the info is on his website: www.woodywitt.com

peace.
-Kelly
At 6:02pm on March 7, 2010, Jeff Beer said…
Words to live by:

"Life is slice" - Jean Francois Adamo
At 12:47pm on January 8, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Yo! Came back to listen :o) Happy new year, rgds from Bxl, Petra
At 6:58am on December 25, 2009, JO TONGO said…
Greetings Mike
MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS SEASON
BLESSINGS LOVE & LIGHT
At 11:48pm on November 8, 2009, Marcus Sampaio said…
Hey Mike !!!!
I love yor music and yor sound !!!!!!!!!
Is the best !!!!!!!!
Musician and friend !!!!!!!
 
 
 

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