Mike is a jazz saxophonist & composer committed to a brighter future for music.
A dual passion for jazz and entrepreneurial pursuit drove Mike to launch The Woodshed. With a deep love for music education and drive to offer the music community a practice solution, Mike created The Woodshed with a musicians-first mentality.
Recently named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer. He also leads a jazz quartet and is a member of numerous R&B, soul, funk, and jazz bands in the Chicago area.
Mike has 7 years of experience in the corporate sector working for Morningstar, Inc, most recently as a Product Manager leading Morningstar’s retail mobile apps.
Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and his M.B.A. from the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2014.