Michelle is a performing musician, composer, and music-book author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether performing her own compositions or her arrangements of standards, Michelle honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Her latest CD, New Beginning (April 2013), has garnered favorable press as well as worldwide airplay on around 200 satellite, public, and college radio stations, plus made JazzWeek's chart for "Top Adds" (among the CDs most added to playlists of chart-reporting radio stations). It was also recently up for Grammy consideration for "Best Latin Jazz Album." Michelle particularly draws inspiration from the small, piano-centric combos of Michel Camilo, Hilton Ruiz, and McCoy Tyner in her latest release. Michelle's CD has landed on "Best of 2013" lists.
NEW: Michelle's trio recently played live, on-air in the studio at Santa Cruz's KSCO 1080AM during the "Raising the Standards" show with hosts Michael Jacobi and Rachael Shelton. Hear it here! (Originally aired Sept. 6, 2014).
Michelle and her band are able to play to the appropriate energy of many venues, from the quieter restaurant environments to the vibrant stage of an outdoor jazz festival. (Check the band's schedule.) Michelle’s band often plays as a trio, but her music as well as arrangements allow for the trio to expand to include a soloist as well as additional percussion; contact Michelle to inquire about booking. You and your audience will be glad you did!