Michael's Bio (See below for detailed Resume):
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Michael moved to L.A. at 14 and began studying the guitar.
Michael's main guitar mentors were Jimmy Wyble, Howard Roberts, Joe Pass and Tommy Tedesco.
Michael worked in the L.A. recording studios from the early 1960's to 1980 with occasional return for recording projects.
His Jazz credits include: Gil Evans (accompanying Miles Davis at the Monterey Jazz Festival), Neil Hefty, Quincy Jones, Bobby Shew, Claire Fischer, Hubert Laws and Louie Belson.
Michael has recorded and performed with: Tony Bennett, Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, The Beach Boys, Peggy Lee, Diana Ross (Do You Know Where You're Going To, Theme From Mahogany), Barbara Streisand and the LA Philharmonic under Zuben Meta.
Movie and TV Productions include: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head), The Carol Burnett Show, The Flintstones, Happy Days and New York, New York.
Michael was a guitarist with the second generation of the Wrecking Crew (photo in the movie).
He was also involved in the early stages of GIT now known as Music Institute.
Michael moved to New Mexico in 1980. He has been teaching Jazz Guitar Studies for UNM since 1997 and contributed to the Manzano HS Guitar Program for 15 years.
His discography includes: ten CDs and three Jazz Guitar instructional books with Mel Bay Publishing Company.
In 2014, Michael received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Music Awards.
Resume and Career Credits
Fifteen years playing in recording studios in Hollywood. Studios
Movies & Albums
Michael's Recording Credits