Michael Ross - Guitarist/Vocalist
MICHAEL ROSS BIO
Michael Ross, a native of Chicago, IL. was encouraged at an early age to take private guitar lessons at the Chicago School of Music. While advancing his studies in music at Loop Jr. College and Chicago Conservatory of Music, Michael performed at several of Chicago's local jazz clubs. He soon later became the staff guitarist for the first New York Broadway National Touring Company's production of "The Wiz," that toured across the United States. Michael's sound is true to the heart - filled with emotions, style, technique. His creative abilities allow him to tell a story - going beyond normal boundaries and giving his listeners only the best!!! With his guitar style, he received a great amount of airplay on the smooth jazz radio stations throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Michael has also paid tribute to Nat King Cole" with his eight-piece ensemble with strings, ("The Boss Eight Ensemble") received 2014 award for "Outstanding achievement in jazz" from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. He has also performed tributes to George Benson and Al Jarreau.
Michael was the staff guitarist with the Schubert Theatre in Chicago. There he showcased his musical talent for such Broadway shows as "Dream Girls," "They're Playing Our Song", "Evita", and again "The Wiz". Michael Ross was also called to perform in the Marion Caffey Production - "Cookin' at the Cookery," at the Northlight Theatre. Michael has just recently performed his first production of "The Rise of Nat King Cole" at the Skokie Theater in Skokie, IL.
Michael's most recent project is the release of his new single CD "Your Brother's Keeper". He was inspired by President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Program” to write this song.
Michael Ross, a renowned guitarist, and vocalist has composed and produced five solo albums on MIHI Records entitled, "A Special Thing" featuring saxophonist Najee "Reloaded" "Bright Moments Ahead", "The Last Love Letter" and "We Finally Meet". These contemporary Jazz CDs displays a smooth, sensuous and exciting touch of artistry that you must hear!
Michael Ross has also shared a smooth jazz sampler CD with artists like Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams, Dave Koz, Boney James and Fourplay and other smooth jazz artists for radio station KJZY 93.7.
Michael's style and artistry have enabled him to perform with a number of great artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Ronnie Laws, Hank Crawford, Najee, Jimmy McGriff, Nancy Wilson, Angela Bofill, and Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Candy Dulfer. He has toured the United States and Europe (Italy), Michael has shared the stage with, Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Michael Henderson, Keith Washington, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bobbie Humphrey and opening act for Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle and more.
Michael Ross believes in giving back and sharing his musical talent and knowledge with our young people who are interested in music. Michael has given music instructions for Chicago West Community Music Center located at 100 N. Central Park Ave, which partners with the City of Chicago's “After School Matters” program and the Berklee Music College.
A well-respected artist among many, Michael is someone you don't want to miss. For booking or further information E-Mail: email@example.com - Web address: www.mihijaz.com For Booking - Contact -MIHI RECORDS @ 708-268-4026