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  Michael’s solos are prominently
featured in recordings by producers
Chicago House Music such as Vick 
Lavender, Jere McAllister, Terry Hunter,
Mark Grant, Glenn Underground, Dj Cease,
Alexander, Elbert Phillips, Andrew Emil,
Harden, DJ Jes, and Paul Johnson. 

  His numerous appearances 
at clubs and festivals throughout
the Midwest include
at Ravinia, Chicago Fest, Medinah Temple,
Taste of Chicago, The Jazz Showcase, South
Shore Jazz Festival, The
House of Blues, The
Velvet Lounge, The Old Town School of Folk
Music, Elastic Arts, Metro, Chicago Latin Jazz
al, Lake of the Ozarks Jazz Festival,
The Woodstock Opera House, Limelight
Chicago, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rockford Jazz
Festival, and three appearances at the Chicago
Jazz Festival. 

  He has played music for 
theatrical productions including 
works at Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane
Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The
Royal George Theatre, Forward Theater
Company, American Players Theatre,
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Indiana
Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, The
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare
& Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville,
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Center
Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Remy
Bumppo Theatre Company, Clarence
Brown Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre,
Renaissance Theatre Works, American
Conservatory Theater, Goodman Theatre,
and Steppenwolf Theatre; he is privileged
to be part of the crew for composer,
producer, and sound designer Joe Cerqua.

  He is featured on many 
commercials and industrial
, with tracks ranging
from soundtracks for shows at the Adler
Planetarium, to specials for PBS, to station ID
packages for radio stations including WNUA
95.5 Chicago, Kiss 104.1 Atlanta, and
WJQT Miami. 

  Michael holds a  B.A. summa
cum laude [Bronze Tablet], University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an

M.A. from the University of Chicago,
and a 
Ph.D. in Communications
from the University of Illinois,