"I knew this guy was up to something; what a great disc! Beautifully written and played with passion and intensity by an excellent band. This is one of those CDs that you want to hear again as soon as it's finished. Bravo Mike!"
-- George Whitty (keyboards, film composer)
"Watch out for this guy! Mike is terribly brave, adventurous, playful, and adept. As his compositions and playing demonstrate, Mr. Prigodich is a rising talent following his creative muse fearlessly to wherever it takes him. I've only met Mike recently, but for some reason, I am proud of him for this remarkable statement he has crafted. Kudos Mr. P!"
-- David Goldblatt (keyboards, film composer)
"I definitely hear a Chick influence in your playing and writing. I'm flattered that you cite me as an influence."
-- Andy Milne (piano, keyboards, Dapp Theory)
"You guys are truly an amazing group of musicians! I'd highly recommend to anyone interested in hearing some incredible jazz to check you out. You won't be disappointed! Hope to see you again and soon!"
-- Steve Hall (mastering engineer @ Future Disc)
"Very cool Mike!! Love the bridge and the keyboard solo. You can definitely play!!"
-- Steve Porcaro (keyboards -- Toto, Michael Jackson, grammy winner)
"Hey Mike, sounds great!"
-- Steve Weingart (keyboards -- Dave Weckl, Steve Lukather, etc.)
"Nice stuff, man!"
-- Nicholas Payton (trumpet)
Mike's jazz fusion compositions have begun attracting attention from many well-known national and local artists. Becoming a cancer patient in 2008 was the big wake-up call that got him to start writing lots of new music, form a band, start booking gigs, and pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician, inspired by fellow cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. Mike raised over $10,000 on kickstarter.com in 2010 to fund his first studio album "A Stitch In Time" featuring Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, John Nastos, Brandon Woody, Rafael Trujillo, Patrick Lamb, Tim Jensen, and Paul Mazzio, produced by Emmy award-winning David Mathew. This studio album and band is also being featured on the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Oregon Art Beat television show. Mike currently resides in Portland, Oregon and enjoys playing with some of the finest musicians in town who are up to the task of performing his extremely challenging but accessible compositions.
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"Some EXCELLENT music here, Mike... listening to it as I type, & would like to review your material... wondering what you have in need of review... you'll certainly want to think about sending a copy of any such material you have my way...…"
Some EXCELLENT music here, Mike... listening to it as I type, & would like to review your material... wondering what you have in need of review... you'll certainly want to think about sending a copy of any such material you have my way... to discuss that, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check the latest issue of my music review magazine (IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION) out at http://zzaj.freehostia.com
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.