A native of Harrisburg, Pa, Michael studied music at the University of South Florida and has studied privately with Cecil McBee, Dee Moses, and Jim Miller. He has led two long-standing Tampa Bay –area groups, Liquid Bebop and the Michael Ross Quartet, which has three recordings of original compositions- Doghouse (2000), Dog Eat Dog,(2002) and Year of the Dog (2004). He has also recorded frequently as a sideman. Michael’s sideman credits include Nat Adderley, Jimmie Cobb, Herbie Mann, Nathen Page, and countless other musicians throughout Florida and the south. He has many years of experience as a clinician, working with elementary, secondary, and college students.
“Michael Ross possesses one of the FATTEST acoustic bass sounds you’ll likely hear”
All About Jazz
“A bedrock melodist in much the same manner as Charlie Haden, possessing a dark, sustaining tone…, and his compositions are both thoughtful and swinging”