Michael Ross, native of Chicago, IL. was encouraged at an early age to take private guitar lessons at the Chicago School of Music. While advancing his studies in music, Michael has played some of Chicago's local jazz clubs. He soon later became the staff guitarist for the first New York Broadway National Touring Company's production of "The Wiz," that toured across the United States. Michael's sound is true to the heart, filled with emotions, style, technique. His creative abilities allows him to tell a story and go beyond normal boundaries giving his listeners only the best!!! His most recent project that he has taken on is performing "A Tribute To Nat King Cole" with an eight piece ensemble, called "The Boss Eight Ensemble".
Michael was the staff guitarist with the Schubert Theatre in Chicago. There he showcased his musical talent for such Broadway shows as "Dream Girls," "They're Playing Our Song", "Evita", and again "The Wiz". Michael Ross was called to perform in the Marion Caffey Production, "Cookin' at the Cookery," which was performed at the Northlight Theatre.
Michael now releasing his latest CD “A Special Thing” featuring Najee. This project is very special . It allowed him to create a timeless piece of work for the listeners to enjoy and travel through musical sounds that captures romance, the reminiscence of old school days, and an adventure through a secret door of mystery with a groove. Yes, “A Special Thing” just for you.
This smoky, seductive slice of smooth jazz comes with the added bonus of some of the finest male vocals I’ve heard in quite some time, barring a few special names. Guitarist/ vocalist/composer Michael Ross, who is no stranger to the genre (having released 3 other CDs dating back to the late 90s), pours on the charm in abundance, both with his guitar and his easy, silky vocals, with his latest offering, A Special Thing.
With an opening and title track that sways with that special rhythm that might remind one of walking along the shores of Rio de Janeiro, hand-in-hand with that special someone, Ross sets a delightfully tasteful tone that starts here and might move through the end of the album, but certainly not to the end of the experience.
Michael's CD project “Reloaded” is a collaboration of the best songs chosen from his previous CDs plus an added addition of two new arrangements of Curtis Mayfield classic version of “Gypsy Woman” Michael was nominated by Chicago Music Awards organization for the Best Jazz Contemporary CD "2004" for his song entitled "The Boss" taken from the album "Bright Moments Ahead"
Michael Ross, renowned guitarist and vocalist has composed and produced three solo albums on MIHI Records entitled , "Bright Moments Ahead" "The Last Love Letter", and "We Finally Meet" These contemporary Jazz CDs displays a smooth, sensuous and exciting touch of artistry that you must hear!
Michael Ross have also shared a smooth jazz sampler CD with artist like Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams, Dave Koz, Boney James and Fourplay and other smooth jazz artist for radio station KJZY 93.7.
Michael's style and artistry have enabled him to perform with a number of great artists such as, Maysa, Candy Dulfer, Ramsey Lewis, Hank Crawford, Najee, Jimmy McGriff, Nancy Wilson, Angela Bofill and Jonathan Butler. He has toured the United States and Europe (Italy) Michael have shared the stage with, Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Michael Henderson, Keith Washington, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bobbie Humphrey and opening act for Chaka Khan and Patti LaBell and more.
Michael Ross believes in giving back and sharing his musical talent and knowledge with our young people who are interested in music. Michael have given music instructions for Chicago West Community Music Center who currently partner with “After School Matters” and the Berklee Music College program, located 100 N. Central Park Ave.
A well-respected artist among many, Michael is someone you don't want to miss. For booking or further information E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web address: www.mihijaz.com For Booking - Contact -MIHI RECORDS @ 708-268-4026