ROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN PERFORMANCE
June 18th - “Miles Ahead” This is the first collaboration of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, recorded in 1957. It is considered to be a “jazz masterpiece” showcasing a 19 piece jazz orchestra with the featured solo trumpet. Mike will perform the trumpet solo parts.
April 30 - celebrated “Jazz Appreciation Month” with Jazz Quintet performance at B Flat Jazz Club (Tokyo)
February 26 - “Hope for Haiti” Charity concert for victims of Haiti earthquake at Foreign Correspondents club of Japan. Organized and programmed over 40 musicians for the event.
February 19 - Jazz Orchestra at Someday
2009 - Highlights
December 3rd - Mike Price Jazz Quartet presents Guest Artist Jazz Trumpeter, Randy Brecker
October 23rd - Jazz Quintet performed at Asagaya Jazz Street Festival (Tokyo)
October 2nd - 10th Anniversary of Mike Price Jazz Orchestra - performed at “Someday” in Shinjuku (Tokyo)
August 21 - Charlie O’s Jazz Club (Van Nuys, Ca)- performed with resident trio as guest
June/July - Nobuo Hara, leader of the “Sharps and Flats Jazz Band” began his final concert series. At age of 83, he will retire during 2010. On September 8 the band performed for the Emperor Akihito and Empress, Michiko.
May 21 & 22 - “Tribute To Nat King Cole” featuring Harvey Thompson with jazz quintet
April 10 - celebrated “Jazz Appreciation Month” with jazz orchestra performance at B Flat Jazz Club (Tokyo)
January 16 - again featured Harvey Thompson with jazz orchestra at Satin Doll Jazz Club (Tokyo)
2008 - Highlights
December 18 & 19 -Jazz Orchestra again featured Canadian and Tokyo resident, Victor Savoy in “Tribute To Frank Sinatra”
October 25 - Jazz Quintet performed at Asagaya Jazz Street Festival (Tokyo)
August 1 - featured Harvey Thompson with jazz orchestra at Satin Doll Jazz Club (Tokyo)
July 19 - Tokyo University of Fine Arts- “Jazz in Geidai” Performed trumpet solo in Gil Evans arrangement of “Concierto de Aranjuez,” originally for Miles Davis in “Sketches of Spain.”
March 7 - Charlie O’s Jazz Club (Van Nuys, Ca)- performed with resident trio as guest
Tour in Japan with The Richie Cole and Mike Price Jazz Quintet August 13-19th. Venues Include Motion Blue, Cotton Club, Nagoya Blue Note, Osaka Mr. Kelly’s, and the Maizuru Jazz Festival July 19
Musical Director for Harvey Thompson production of concert for television The quintet performed in a supporting role.
Quintet and big band performances continue at B Flat, Cotton Club, and Someday
Oct-Nov -Jazz quintet performances at Motion Blue, B Flat, & Akai Karasu (Red Crow)
October - Hosted Larry Franco Quartet from Bario, Italy for engagements in Tokyo & Yokohama
Mike Price Jazz Orchestra - formed in 1999 April 14 the big band will again participate in Jazz Appreciation Month which is organized by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Mike Price Jazz Quintet - formed in 1993 March 14 featured tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin
February 23 and 24 - Jazz Orchestra featured Canadian and Tokyo resident, Victor Savoy in “Tribute To Frank Sinatra”
Several big band performances including the first performance world-wide of this year’s Jazz Appreciation Month which is organizes by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
That concert was at B Flat in Tokyo, Japan.
July - Jazz quintet with appearances on the 1st, 7th, and 15th. The highlights were “Tribute to Nancy Wilson” featuring Andrea Hopkins.
The next performance featured jazz singer, Harvey Thompson.
November 10, the orchestra performed at B Flat with the noted Richie Cole, jazz alto saxophonis
Mid-November we were priviliged to open an important new venue in Tokyo, “The Cotton Club!” In addition to the big band instrumental numbers, we backed up Shiela Ray Charles, Ray’s daughter.
December - two performances at B Flat with jazz singer, Joe Lee Wilson.
Program entitled “The Joy of Jazz!”
Jazz Quartet at Yatsugatake Jazz Festival for two days with Harvey Thompson
Jazz orchestra at Someday in Tokyo during which we featured the original compositions of Jack Walrath.Jack was the trumpet player in Charles Mingus’ last band.
Jazz Quintet - performances at B Flat, Motion Blue, and the Asagaya Jazz Street Festival.
Jazz orchestra made repeat performance “Tribute To Buddy Rich”featuring drummer, Inagaki Yoshinobu.
Jazz quartet introduced Harvey Thompson from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Later we featured Harvey again in the context of a series of three showcase performances of the Detroit Jazz Jewels which also featured jazz singer/pianist Jo Thompson with the big band.
The jazz quintet performed for the first time at Motion Blue in Yokohama on June 2nd, followed by a radio show performance and internet broadcast from the Hayama Marina on June 7th. The quintet continued a busy schedule in October with repeat performances at Motion Blue and the Asagaya Jazz StreetFestival.
Jazz quintet at B Flat featuring vocalists Joe Lee Wilson ( a New Yorker living in Paris) on March 1st, and Pamela MacCarthy (a New Yorker living in Tokyo)
Jazz orchestra presented a ”Tribute To Buddy Rich” featuring Inagaki Yoshinobu. This performance, apparently the first , full tribute to Buddy in Japan, was at B Flat on December 13th.
March 22 until March 28 I worked in Bankok, Thailand, performing with Urbie Green’s group, “JAZZ GIANTS.” It was a quite interesting trip because of the special performance with the King of Thailand.
Performing with Nobuo Hara and the Sharps & Flats Orchestra for their 50th anniversary concert. Benny Golson was commissioned to write two original compositions which added to the concert.One piece was a trumpet solo, “Our Last Goodbye,” which I performed.
Mike Price Jazz Orchestra - Performances featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. We performed selections from the suites, “Such Sweet Thunder,” “Far East Suite,” & “New Orleans Suite.”
The complete Duke Ellington “Far East Suite” was featured in a performance on August 31 at B Flat in Akasaka. A premier performance of the complete suite in Japan.
May 24, 25, December 6, 7 - Presented “Tribute
To Frank Sinatra”
program with full band featuring Victor Savoy.
July 28 , 29 -Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra subbed for missing trumpet player Asahi-Ku jazz festival in Yokohama NHK-FM Concert radio performance It was a great feeling to be performing with this world-class band which created my introduction to Japan so many years ago.
2000 - Miles Davis/Gil Evans Jazz Suite, “Porgy and Bess.”
Produced 20 piece orchestra and performed solo trumpet in July for this premier performance in Japan.
Substituted on final performance of Japan tour of Dave Matthews and Manhattan Jazz Orchestra.
March performance of “Such Sweet Thunder” favorably reviewed by Daily Yomiuri, Swing Journal, & Downbeat.
1999 - Formed a 16 piece jazz orchestra to perform the Shakespearean suite of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, “Such Sweet Thunder.” First performance in Japan.
1993 - Present Formed The Mike Price Jazz Quintet to perform original compositions and selections from the modern jazz repertoire.
1998 Associate Producer and featured performer in documentary film, “Tokyo Blues,” a film by Craig McTurk about jazz and blues musicians in Tokyo with a special accent toward foreign musicians.
1989 Awarded an artist exchange fellowship to Japan from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S./Japan Friendship Commission. Arrived in Japan March 23, 1989. Subsequently formed an expanded ensemble of jazz sextet with the addition of three Japanese indigenous instruments.Five performances were given with this ensemble. During 1990 the final three concerts were developed around the theme of “Japanese Ghost Stories.”
1990 - Present Nobuo Hara and the Sharps & Flats - solo trumpet chair.
Originally formed in 1951, this enduring jazz band is a nationally recognized group performing for concerts, festivals, and television.
1986-1987 Offered a teaching assistantship at the University of Southern California.
Graduated in December, 1987 with a
Masters Degree in Jazz Studies.
1983 - 1989 Gerald Wilson Orchestra
Performed extensively in California including the 1985 Monterey Jazz Festival, the 1986 Orange County Jazz Festival, and the 1988 Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival. There was also an international performance at the 1986 Verona Jazz Festival in Verona, Italy.
1985 - 1988 Formed a jazz septet built around twelve new compositions.
The first performances were at the Come Back Inn in Venice, California.
Subsequent performances at the University of Southern California premiered several new works.
1984 National tour with Helen Forrest, Johnny Desmond, Modernaires and Horace Heidt Jr. From 1986-1989 contracted musicians for the Horace Heidt Jr. Orchestra.
March 1983 “THREE GENERATIONS of the BLUES”
PBS award winning Television Program
Featuring Jeannie Cheatham,Big Mama Thornton,
Sippie Wallace, and the Jimmie Cheatham Blues Band.
KPBS - San Diego, California
1973-1983 Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band Joined this band at its inception and continued with them until the leaders moved to New York. Recorded thirteen albums for RVC, Japan.
This Los Angeles band toured Japan six times and Europe four times.
1976-1983 Formed a jazz-rock ensemble called “Blue Guitar.”
The band performed weekly at the Come Back Inn. The repertoire was based on the leader’s compositions plus aesthetically important jazz selections adapted to this instrumentation. Active from the beginning, the band performed concerts, nightclubs, and clinic-concerts for schools.
Co-producer of Jazz Concert Series at Mayfair Music Hall, thru March 1981 Santa Monica, California. In addition to “Blue Guitar” the series featured other Los Angeles jazz groups.
1980 Composed music for a documentary film, “Title One”, which was sponsored by the California Department of Education.
1971 - 1972 Free lance work in Los Angeles. Shows, recording, three tours with the Beachboys.
1969 - 1970 Buddy Rich Orchestra - First Trumpet “On the Road” in the United States and Canada.
and recordings; “Buddy and Soul” and
“Keep the Customer Satisfied.” Also a tour of England which included a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
1968 A short tour with the Harry James Orchestra
1967 - 1968 Stan Kenton Orchestra - First Trumpet Three nation-wide tours which included television and recordings,
‘Stan Kenton Conducts the Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton” and “Finian’s Rainbow”. Also there were three sessions of the Stan Kenton Jazz Camp.
Summer 1964 European Tour with the Glenn Miller Singers The Tex Beneke Orchestra featuring Ray Eberley, Paula Kelly and the Modernaires. This delightful tour occurred after graduating from Northwestern University and before entering Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass.
Additionally, There were shorter tours, single event engagements.or recordings with many others, some of whom I will mention now.
Louie Bellson, Bill Holman, Bob Crosby, Bill Berry, Benny Carter, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Chuck Mangione,Grover Mitchell, Herb Pomeroy, Perez Prado, Lou Rawls, Moacir Santos, Jerry Garcia, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra,Jimmy Durante, Cab Calloway, Connie Francis, Ink Spots, Jack Jones,Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, O-Jays, Della Reese, O.C. Smith, Spinners, Supremes, Sarah Vaughn, Paul Williams, Stevie Wonder, Manhattan Transfer, Julie Andrews, Al Martino, Perry Como, Bobby Caldwell,Buddy Miles, Beachboys, & The Captain and Tenille..
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND (MIKE PRICE)
Born Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Miami, Florida & Valparaiso, Indiana.
1959 Graduated Valparaiso High School, Salutatorian.
1959-1964 Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
1963 B.M.E. (Music Education)
1963-1964 Post-graduate studies
5 years private study with Vincent Cichowocz 2nd Trumpet Chicago Symphony Orchestra Additional private studies : Arnold Jacobs, Frank Crisafulli, Emil Eck, Wilbur Simpson, Jerome Stowell, & Metzinger.
(all members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
1964-1967 Berklee College of Music Boston, Massachusetts
Studies in composition with Herb Pomeroy (Jazz), John Bavicchi, and William Maloof.
Held teaching assistantship during the three years.
Duties were to rehearse jazz ensembles for ten hours each week. There were five ensembles.
Private study with Ray Kotwica and John Coffey (formerly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra).
1986-1987 University of Southern California
Offered a teaching assistantship in the Jazz Studies Department, graduate program.
1987 Graduated with Masters Degree.
1977-1978 UCLA Extension
Two Japanese language courses.
1982 Santa Monica College
Japanese language course, German language course
1987 University of California, Los Angeles Department of Ethnomusicology, course in Japanese music
1988 Received teaching credential,
Los Angeles Unified School District
1989 Received Community College teaching credential for State of California.
June 1, 2007 - Jazz Quintet Clinic at Northwestern
University, Evanston, Illinois
1964-1967 Berklee College of Music. During teaching assistantship duties were to rehearse 5 bands weekly. 10 hours per week.
1967 -1968 Stan Kenton clinics. Redlands University & San Jose University
1980 - Tokyo, Japan - Trumpet clinic and jazz band clinic sponsored by Japanese self-defense forces band.
1981 - Klamuth Falls, Oregon - Public school music program jazz festival. Adjudication, clinics, and concert with combined schoolsÅf band.
Salem, Oregon - Willamette University. Concert with resident jazz quintet; trumpet and improvisation clinics.
Colorado West Music Festival - Grand Junction, Colorado Adjudication of concert band and jazz band performances; soloist with Mesa College jazz band and municipal concert band; trumpet clinician.
University of Denver - Denver, Colorado - Trumpet and improvisation clinics.
Redlands University - Redlands, California Clinician with Toshiko Akiyoshi- Lew Tabackin Jazz Band
Venice High School - Venice, California. Concert for music program students and clinic for school jazz band sponsored by Blue Guitar.
Hamburg, Germany - Two clinics for local youth bands.
1982 - Peninsula High School - Tacoma, Washington. Three day intensive clinic for high school and middle school program.
and soloist for jazz band concert.
Jefferson High School - Portland, Oregon. Clinician with Akiyoshi-Tabackin Jazz Band. Two day intensive clinic for high school and middle school music program.
Willamette University - Salem, Oregon. Adjudication of Oregon Collegiate Jazz Festival. Trumpet and improvisation clinician for this event.
Trumpet clinic series for Venice High School and Santa Monica High School. (California)
Santa Monica High School - Santa Monica, California. Concert for music program students and clinic for school jazz band sponsored by Blue Guitar.
Clinics at Portage High School and Valparaiso High School in northwestern Indiana.
Berklee College of Music - Boston, Massachusetts.
Trumpet master class.
Concert and Clinics
Chesterton High School - Chesterton, Indiana Polytech High School - Los Angeles, California San Bernadino Community College - San Bernadino, Ca.
1983 - Continuation of Trumpet clinic series for Venice High School and Santa Monica High School. (California)
Vancouver, British Columbia for public schools Peninsula High School - Tacoma, Washington Pacific Coast Jazz Festival - a college jazz festival held at University of California Berkeley.
Santa Ynez High School - Santa Ynez, California Concert and clinics sponsored by Blue Guitar.
1984 Trumpet and jazz band clinics in Indiana Purdue University LaPorte High School, Crown Point High School
1985 Northwestern University Master Classes , guest soloist with Jazz Band Program Lewis and Clark Community College- Godfrey, Illinois Concert and clinics Ft. Wayne High School- Ft. Wayne, Indiana- Concert & clinics Trumpet Clinics New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois Loyola High School - Winnetka, Illinois Huntington High School - Huntington, Indiana
1986-1987 University of Southern California Jazz History teaching assistant fellowship and ensemble coach during graduate studies.
1987 New Mexico Highlands University - Las Vegas, New Mexico Concert and clinics
1986 and 1988 (summer)
Birch Creek Music Camp - Door County, Wisconsin Clinician, ensemble coach, and guest soloist.
1988 Fukuoka and Tokyo, Japan
During visit to Japan, taught several clinics about brass instrument techniques to various schools and amateur bands in the Fukuoka area. In Tokyo taught clinics to the Keio University and Waseda University jazz bands.
1989 Soloist with the Fukuoka Institute of Technology Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Tad T. Suzuki. (4 concerts)
1989-2000 Amateur Big Band Festival - Kawasaki, Japan Trumpet, ensemble clinician, and guest soloist 6 times at this annual event.
1990 - Taught lecture series, “History of Jazz” for Tokyo community organization.
2001 Bankok, Thailand - Trumpet clinic for high school, college, & adult musicians. Sponsored by Thai government and military band.
Private Instructor Staff for Trumpet - St. Maur International School - Yokohama, Japan (22 students)
1989- Present There have been many clinics for Universities and public schools. The clinics for amateur bands usually included guest soloist performances. Frequently clinics and/or concerts were repeated at several venues. The language of instruction is Japanese.
Public Schools: Fukuoka Joshi Kouko (girl’s high school), Fukuoka Ohori Koen Kouko (boys high school) Tama City High School, St. Mary’s International School, American School in Japan (high school in Tokyo) Kagoshima Public School System ( 3 schools) Hamamatsu Public School system (6 schools)
Swinging All Stars - Aichi Gakuin University- Nagoya Royal Sounds Jazz Orch.- Aoyama Gakuin University - Tokyo Cherry Island Jazz orch. -Kagoshima University - Kagoshima Light Music Society - Keio Gijuku University - Tokyo Dark Blue New Sounds Orch. - Kyoto University - Kyoto Big Sounds Society - Meiji University- Tokyo Seinan University - Fukuoka (continued next page) Kyushu Teacher’s College _ Fukuoka Fukuoka University - Fukuoka Compal Sounds Jazz Orch. -Seikei University - Tokyo Shobi Conservatory - Tokyo Musashino Gakuin (Music College)- Tokyo Prince Mercy Jazz Band - Soka University - Tokyo Jazz Junk Workshop - Tokyo University High Society Orch. - Waseda University - Tokyo Nagasaki University Jazz Orch.
Kobe University Jazz Orchestra
Osaka University - New Wave Orchestra
Izumi Swing Orchestra - Tokyo
Fujisawa Swing Jazz Society - Tokyo
Blue Notes Jazz Orchestra - Hamamatsu
Band of Rogues - Yokohama
Big Wing - Tokyo
Swing Twilight Jazz Orchestra - Utsunomiya Vest - Hakodate Jazz Rebirth Orchestra - Hamamatsu Groovin’ Herd Jazz Orchestra - Sapporo Toshiba Ride-On Jazz Orchestra - Kawasaki Swinging Herd - Sendai New Quercus Jazz Orchestra - Tokyo Jumping Generation Jazz Band - Kumamoto New Gloria - Tokyo Swing Street Jazz orchestra - Fukuoka High Notes Big Band - Fukuoka
1959-1964 - Full tuition scholarship - Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
1964 -1967 -Teaching Assisantship - Berklee College of Music Boston, Massachusetts
1986 -1987 -Teaching Assisantship - Jazz Studies University of Southern California
1987 - Don Ellis Award - University of Southern California
2010 - “Hope for Haiti” Charity concert for victims of Haiti earthquake at Foreign Correspondents club of Japan. Organized and programmed over 40 musicians for the event.
2005 - Participated,in organizing and performing in three charity concerts for victims of hurricane “Katrina”
1988 - Awarded an artist exchange fellowship to Japan from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S./Japan Friendship Commission.
Arrived in Japan March 23, 1989
1990 - Commission to compose music and present concerts of program music based on Japanese ghost stories.
1992 - Commission to compose piece for jazz orchestra featuring Shakuhachi (Japanese traditional bamboo flute)
1996- Commission to compose chamber music for quartet featuring Shakuhachi
American Federation of Musicians, Local 47 - Los Angeles (life member)
Jazz Education Network (charter member)
International Trumpet Guild
College Music Society