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Mike Sailors Quintet
Sunday, March 3 • 3-5 PM • Chez Zee
Austin Jazz Society's
Sunday Afternoon Jazz
MIKE SAILORS QUINTET
Mike Sailors - Trumpet
Elias Haslanger - Tenor Sax
Ross Margitza - Piano
Ryan Hagler - Bass
Daniel Dufour - Drums
Mike Sailors has performed around the world in Japan and Europe, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note (Tokyo, Sapporo, and New York locations), Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi’s, The Jazz Kitchen, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Bowery Ballroom, Smalls Jazz Club as well as the Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festival, the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Ravinia Music Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Sailors has worked as a sideman for bands and artists including the Birdland Big Band, Bobby Sanabria and The Multiverse Orchestra, the Fat Cat Big Band, the Baby Soda Jazz Band, the Hot Sardines, the Captain Black Big Band led by Orrin Evans, The Jason Marshall Big Band, The Steven Feikfe Big Band, The 8-Bit Big Band, The Mingus Jazz Orchestra and Adrian Cunningham and His Old School. His past experience also includes performances with The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Jon Hendricks, McCoy Tyner, Rodney Whitaker, Dick Oatts, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Bernstein and others. He’s also appeared as a featured soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Mike was an active Trumpet player in the Broadway scene during his tenure in the Big Apple. Past shows include Beautiful - The Carole King Story, Be More Chill, and The Prom. He also served as Music Director for Sleep No More from 2014-2017.
Along with an active performing career, Sailors has maintained a busy career in composition. His first commission, dating back to 2005, came from the North American Saxophone Alliance (N.A.S.A). The piece featured the late Dewey Redman and was later recorded and featured on Redman’s last commercial recording “Live with Dewey Redman”. Since then, Sailors has been hired by the likes of Mack Avenue Records, Decca Records, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as a host of internationally known musicians including Ryan Kisor, Sean Jones, Rodney Whitaker, Pete Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb, and others. His band, The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, recently released an album featuring his compositions. The self-tilted album features originals penned by Sailors and is distributed by Outside In Music.
Sailors also serves as a copyist and editor for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina Mike grew up playing in his local church. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001, Michigan State University in 2007, and The University of Texas in 2010.
In 2019, Sailors joined the faculty of The University of Texas Butler School of Music, where he leads the Jazz Trumpet Studio and mentors young artists looking to build careers in music. He currently spends his time presenting his projects and music in several of Austin’s jazz clubs, touring nationally and internationally, and appearing as a guest artist with high school and college jazz programs.
Sunday, March 3, 2024, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Chez Zee American Bistro
5406 Balcones Drive
Austin, TX 78731
Chez Zee Monthly Events
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