This powerhouse blues and rock n’ roll band from New York City is led by singer,
songwriter, producer and harp master Mike Markowitz. The band is well-known for its
flawless, high energy blues sound, modeled after the great Chicago bands of the 50’s.
They have played nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States and Canada,
some of the toughest hangouts, as well as the most sophisticated stages in the world, never
straying from their course of delivering hard back alley blues and rough rock and roll. Little
Mike, is a mean harmonica player who cut his teeth in New York City in the late 1970s and
early 1980s, backing up legendary Bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmy
Rogers. He then moved to Florida, and continued to perform and record through to the
After leading a series of bands as a teenager, Mike formed the Tornadoes in 1978. At age 22,
Mike was leading one of the busiest and toughest blues bands in New York City. Whenever
a visiting blues artist came to town and needed a band, Little Mike and the Tornadoes usually
got the call, backing artists such as Perkins, Rogers, Sumlin, Louis Meyers, Walter Horton,
Bo Diddley. Mike’s reputation led to the band’s touring and recording as the backing unit
for blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmy Rogers.
Little Mike,s discography is extensive dating back to 1984 when he cut his first single on
ElRob Records. From 1988-1996 Mike recorded four sessions with Blind Pig Records that
included Perkins, Sumlin, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, and Big daddy Kinsey. All these
recordings are still available today from Blind Pig Records. Then came Flynn's Place in 1996
and Hot Shot in 1998. Later on Mike recorded movie soundtracks, TV and radio commercials,
and continued touring. In 2012 Blind Pig released Heaven by Pinetop Perkins on
which Little Mike performed and produced.
After a hiatus from music, during which he raised his family near Gainesville, FL., he’s
playing high-energy blues again in U.S. and European clubs and festivals. Following on the
heels of 2013’s very successful release “Forgive Me“, Little Mike & The Tornadoes followed
that with the highly acclaimed 2014 album “All The Right Moves“, which featured the
original Tornadoes. February 2015 heralded the release of “Live at the St. Augustine
BLUZFEST” with special guest Zora Young. In fall 2015 Little Mike and the Tornadoes have released Friday Night with Zora, and Cenuine Blues Legends with Pinetop Perkins and Jimmy Rogers, as Little Mike continues to tour.