Misja Fitzgerald-Michel

The French guitarist was born in Holland on October 13th 1973 and began playing guitar at the age of 7.

In 1992 he travels to Banff in Canada to study with Kenny Wheeler, Robin Eubanks, Mick Goodrick, Anthony Braxton. Upon his return he joined the jazz class at the C.N.S.M. in Paris under the direction of saxophonist François Jeanneau.
As a member of the French conservatory big band, he took part in the master classes of Michel Portal and George Russell, Jim Hall, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Gary Peacock, Adam Nussbaum at the Rotterdam Music Academy.

Being awarded the “Lavoisier scholarship” by the French ministry of culture, he studies in New york's New School with Jim Hall, Billy Harper, Kenny Werner and John Abercrombie.
At the same time he takes part in the Jazz scene and plays with great musicians like saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, trumpet player Graham Haynes, drummers Billy Hart and Gerard Faroux…

Upon his return to Paris, he played regularly in jazz clubs (Sunset, Duc Des lombards, La Villa, Petit Opportun, Sept Lézards….) with Gary Thomas, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Rich Perry, Seamus Blake, Robin Eubanks, Scott Colley, Mark Helias, Billy Hart, Manuel Rocheman, Gerard Faroux, Alain Jean Marie, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Anthony Cox, Graig Handy, Mark Mondesir and also at different Jazz Festivals (JVC Jazz Paris, Banlieues Bleues, Marciac, TBB Jazz Festival, Colmar, Festival radio France Montpellier, Nice Festival…)
1998: he recorded his first self produced live CD “Live at la Villa” with Scott Colley (Bass) and Tony Rabeson (drums).
2002: his second self produced album “On The Edge” was recorded in N.Y.(June) with Drew Gress (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums) and Ravi Coltrane (Sax) as a guest (released march).
He played duet with pianist Manuel Rocheman and trio with bassist Rémi Vignolo and drummer Tony Rabeson.
2003: played at the Montreal Jazz Festival (July) Marciac jazz festival (august ) and JVC Jazz Festival in Paris (October)
Played duet with Bassist Drew Gress at the Sunside (Paris) and recorded with Drew Gress a new self produced album “Expectations”.
January 2004: concert in Paris with drew Gress for the release of “Expectations”.
March –April 2004: European tour with blues guitarist Otis Taylor.
July 2004: played with trombonist Sarah Morrow in different jazz festivals and clubs (Vienne, Montpellier, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Auxerre and Sunside).
October 2004: On tour with bassist Drew Gress, played at JVC Jazz Festival Paris, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Jazz en Tête Clermont Ferrand).
February 2005: Recorded (in New York) a new album “Encounter” for the label No Format ! (Universal) with Drew Gress (bass), Jochen Rueckert (drums) and Ravi Coltrane as a guest. Released September 2005.
July 2005: Opens for Dave Holland’s big band at La Cigale (Paris) in duet with Christophe Lavergne on drums.
September 2005: Concert at the New Morning (Paris) for the release of “Encounter” with Drew Gress, Christophe Lavergne and Ravi Coltrane (concert broadcasted by France Musique).
November 2005: Concert at the Theatre de L’Atelier (Paris) with Christophe Lavergne (Festival of the Label No Format !).

Misja Fitzgerald Michel plays in different settings:
Solo: electric and acoustic 6 and 12 strings guitars
Duo: with Drew Gress (bass)
Duo: with Jochen Rueckert(drums) or Christophe Lavergne (Drums).
Trio: with Drew Gress and Jochen Rueckert (Drums)
Quartet: with Drew Gress, Jochen Rueckert and Ravi Coltrane (Sax).

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