Mike MacArthur
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Mike MacArthur

Land O Lakes, Florida, United States | SELF

Land O Lakes, Florida, United States | SELF
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"Mike MacArthur is a monstrous player! He's very spontaneous, especially on bop tunes reminiscent of the parker era and after. I love working with such an accomplished musician!”
- Diane Schuur


"Without a doubt, Mike MacArthur is the real deal....touch, taste, tone, time, and 'tude!!! I am looking forward to hearing that huge sound of his a lot more in the future." - Richard Smith


" Mike MacArthur is as exciting to hear as he is to watch; a true
performer and an amazing player who is way beyond his years." - Alicia Kaye WSJT 94.1


"Mike MacArthur has been smokin’ my clients for years! From straight ahead jazz to the funkiest riffs they keep the place hoppin'!! Mike has Jazzed up literally thousands of satisfied fans from The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Walt Disney World and numerous festivals and clubs for Skippers Smokehouse Talent. We are proud to present them as the #1 Jazz band on our roster!! " - Tom White - Skipper's Agency

"CD Review"

"Mike MacArthur is a monstrous player! He's very spontaneous, especially on bop tunes reminiscent of the Parker era and after. I love working with such
an accomplished musician!" The words of singer Diane Schuur.

That's just one of the many testimonials that Mike MacArthur has earned over the years. At the age of 32, it says a lot of a musician who, because of his accomplished and seasoned chops, sounds as if he were, quite frankly, twice his age. When you watch him perform, he's in total control. The confidence, the
enthusiasm, the attentiveness and leadership that he represents as a bandleader are rare. And I don't care how good a musician is. To combine all these elements,
especially as an instramentalist, it becomes just as appealing as the music itself! And when you watch and listen to the rest of his band, you can tell that it's contageous.

Born in upstate New York, Mike attended The Manhattan School Of Music as well as Florida State University after leaving high school. One of his accomplishments
include "Best Young Jazz Instrumentalist" in Downbeat Magazine's Student Music Awards in 1993, which is quite an accomplishment. He toured the globe with
Maynard Ferguson, but has also shared the stage with those in the likes of Diane Schuur, Mary Wilson & The Supremes, Rick Derringer, and countless others. Now
living here in Tampa Bay, it's a pleasure to be able to catch Mike and his group on a regular basis.

The title song heats up the recording with a "modern day old school flavor" twist (ala "Tower Of Power" ). Up tempo, funky, horns a plenty. It's also reminiscent of the
two years he spent with Maynard Ferguson as his primary tenor saxophonist. So much energy. Any musician can show energy, but to do it with precision, a clean tone,
and a keen perception for timing, makes it extra special.

Track 2, "Paradise Point," starts out as the perfect song to listen to while on a raft in your pool, relaxing on a bright and sunny day. All of a sudden, it gets
so hot that you have to take a dip in the water to cool off. Talk about a build-up!

This recording features a unique set of cover tunes that include Steely Dan's "Peg," which features a guitar solo by none other than Rick Derringer. Stanley Turrentine's
classic "Sugar" is a nice change of pace with it's "straight-ahead" feel. Lennon and McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends" is spiced up with funky drum
licks from Dave Reinhardt. His brother, Ron, sweetens up Carmichael's "Georgia" with that one-of-a-kind sound of the Hammond B-3 organ.

But one of my favorites has to be the MacArthur original "Love At The Penny," which features Mike trading leads with Ron's Hammond B-3 once again. It's just
downright "BAD!"

There's no mistaking who the recording belongs to. Mike is all over this record. With guitarist Peter Mongaya rounding out the rhythm section, the horn section featuring
Jon Reid, Scott Meyers, and Mike Gibilisco, and vocals by Danielle MacArthur, Jen Reinhardt, and last (but not least), Pee-Wee Trumbach, it's living proof that
Mike MacArthur has always had a knack for surrounding himself with exceptional musicians, all of whom have the same desire as he does to perform brilliantly.

I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mike for several years. Take it from me, he and his entire band have put their heart and soul into this project.
It's a lot of fun to listen to. With an impressive balance of cover songs and originals that swing you from Jazz to Funk to R&B and Straight-Ahead, it's a bonified
hit. And "that's what I'm talkin 'bout!"
- Al Santana 94.1 WSJT


Mike MacArthur - That's What I'm Talkin' Bout'
The Mike MacArthur Group - Paradise Point
The Mike MacArthur Group - Deal Me In
Rick Derringer - Free Ride
Rick Derringer - Derringer X2
Thai Soul Records - Physics: 7am Sessions
Dan McMillion - Up Your Brass
Dan Elecrtro & the Silvertones - Reason to Lie
Valerie Gillespie - Once Again
Mon A Q - Unleashed
Shawn Brown - Shawn Brown
Dwight Champagne - Old School Days
Steve Angel - Find My Way



Currently residing in Tampa Florida, Mike MacArthur has been performing, writing and arranging since his years in college at Florida State School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. After studying music in school, Mike took the tenor sax chair on the road with Maynard Ferguson. Mike hit the road, touring the US, Asia, and Europe with Maynard, he hit the road with Grammy Award Winning vocalist Diane Schuur. Through his travels, Mike began to become friends and work with many artists which include Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Golub, Peter White, Frankie Valli, Craig Chaquico, Chieli Minucci, Rick Derringer, Roger Waters, Blake Aaron, Jeff Kashiwa, Roger Smith and many more. Mike released solo records Paradise Point, Deal Me In, Thats What Im Talkin Bout and Live N Kickin (feat. Roger Smith). Born in Rochester, NY, Mike has had the pleasure of returning to his high school among many others to perform concerts and clinics for aspiring young musicians. Endorsements with Firebird Saxophones and Theo Wanne Mouthpieces allow Mike to continue this awesome opportunity to reach students and help to inspire them through his music.

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