Mike R.

Mike R.


Mike has been performing on the upright and electric bass as well as guitar since the age of 2005. He has taught students from a young age to adults in Westchester county primarily since 2014. He has experience performing and teaching different styles such as rock, jazz, funk, as well as music theory and improvisation.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies (bass) at Purchase College—Summa Cum Laude. Has studied bass privately with Luke Baker, John Geggie, Sean Smith, Scott Colley, Doug Weiss, and Todd Coolman.


Manhattan, NYC, Rockland County, Westchester County

Mike  is from Albany, NY. In high school he played acoustic bass in the Empire State Youth Orchestra and electric bass in the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble. Between those groups, he performed at a variety of venues including Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood. He was also the lead guitarist of a band called Marshall Yesterday that won several local competitions. After high school, he began a music education degree at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, where he was part of the Crane Symphony Orchestra, Crane Jazz Ensemble as well as select ensembles, masterclasses, and faculty performances. There he studied the bass with John Geggie and jazz under Bret Zvacek, both of whom helped him to realize his passion for performing and improvisation, leading him to move to the NYC area in 2014 to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies at the competitive Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Since making the move, he quickly became a part of a multitude of projects spanning from jazz to R&B and rock. He currently performs regularly in NYC, Greenwich, CT, and Westchester County with various ensembles or in pit orchestras for musicals. He is currently a member of the HD Quintet, a jazz combo based out of Purchase, NY, which has performed at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Washington, DC, and will be embarking on a northeast tour in June 2016. He is also a member of Vinegar Mother, a bluesy soul/rock group based in Greenwich, CT that has performed at venues such as The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, the Bitter End in Manhattan, and the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT.