Streaming Concert_#363: Derrick Michaels Solo Saxophone

An die Musik Live!

409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Derrick Michaels, solo saxophone

Recording of his performance on 10/26/21

"Baltimore-based tenor saxophonist Derrick Michaels is an audacious force in the creative music community. As a saxophonist, he boasts a rich expressive palette and a propensity for dynamic performance. As a bandleader, he invites a wide array of brilliant musicians into the creative fold, engaging with an expressive continuum that spans the history of written and improvised music.

Michaels’ 2019 concert series “Derrick Michaels Presents” positioned his own tenor saxophone playing amid 28 brilliant improvisers from Baltimore and New York City, delivering 12 engaging improvised concerts full of depth, nuance, sensitivity, and imagination. These ensembles ranged in instrumentation from classic jazz quartets to lush chamber ensembles, demonstrating the unifying power of improvisation.

His 2020 series “Posture of Possibility” (which was temporarily interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic) was a showcase of 12 young improvisers whose creative contributions could very well carry the torch of this music into the next generation — juxtaposing two sets of music with variable instrumentation in order to highlight the creative flexibility inherent in this most fluid of art forms.

While his creative output is widely variable by design, Michaels currently leads two primary Baltimore-based ensembles: “The Great Unfolding” and “Born From Silence”. Each group exploits a rich concurrence of spontaneous creative input from each member of the ensemble.

As a co-leader, Michaels is a member of Michaels-Ballou-Formanek-Kuhl, Trio Xolo, Michaels-Weber-Kuhl, and Talking Points. As a side-person, his saxophone playing has been a part of the Out of Your Head Collective, Phil Cunneff New Trio, Chris Pumphrey Sextet and “Music For Quiet Spaces”, Ben Frock’s “Love Unit Orchestra”, Theljon Allen’s Universal Language, Colin Renick’s “Kinetic Renick”, the Station North Jazz Orchestra, Charm City Brass Band, Jazz Lunch, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, and more.

Over the years, many important musical relationships have developed with the likes of Ellery Eskelin, Susan Alcorn, Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Zach Swanson, Eric Kennedy, Mike Kuhl, Jon Seligman, Theljon Allen, Alex Weber, Jeff Reed, Phil Cunneff, Ben Frock, Chris Pumphrey, and a growing list of respected names within the broader community."

Streaming cost is $10

Donations are welcomed.

Visit Website

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 24, 7:00 PM

Stephen Philip Harvey Octet Double Live Tour

In-person Attendance →

Wed, July 24, 7:00 PM

Stephen Philip Harvey Octet Double Live Tour

Get Tickets →

Thu, July 25, 7:00 PM

Justin Lees Trio Annual Summer Concert

In-person Attendance →

Thu, July 25, 7:00 PM

Justin Lees Trio Annual Summer Concert

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Sat, July 27, 7:00 PM

Justin Taylor solo jazz piano concert

In-person Attendance →

Sat, July 27, 7:00 PM

Justin Taylor solo jazz piano concert

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Wed, July 31, 7:00 PM

Ryan Hanseler: The Workshop

In-person Attendance →

Wed, July 31, 7:00 PM

Ryan Hanseler: The Workshop

Get Tickets →

Thu, August 1, 7:00 PM

Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising Latin Jazz

In-person Attendance →

Thu, August 1, 7:00 PM

Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising Latin Jazz

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Sun, August 4, 4:00 PM

QuinTango

In-person Attendance →

Sun, August 4, 4:00 PM

QuinTango

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Tue, August 6, 7:00 PM

Charlie Ballantine & Amanda Gardier Monthly Series

In-person Attendance →

Tue, August 6, 7:00 PM

Charlie Ballantine & Amanda Gardier Monthly Series

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Fri, August 9, 7:00 PM

Violin & Piano Recital: Bartholomew Fortino-Shields & Chan Mi Jean

In-person Attendance →

Fri, August 9, 7:00 PM

Violin & Piano Recital: Bartholomew Fortino-Shields & Chan Mi Jean

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Sat, August 17, 7:00 PM

Coby Siegel Band w/ opening act Walsh Kunkel

In-person Attendance →

Sat, August 17, 7:00 PM

Coby Siegel Band w/ opening act Walsh Kunkel

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Sat, August 24, 8:00 PM

Tribute to "Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot"

In-person Attendance →

Sat, August 24, 8:00 PM

Tribute to "Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot"

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Sun, August 25, 5:00 PM

Renee Tannenbaum Quartet

In-person Attendance →

Sun, August 25, 5:00 PM

Renee Tannenbaum Quartet

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Sat, September 7, 7:00 PM

Ana Vidovic solo classical guitar annual concert

In-person Attendance →

Sat, September 7, 7:00 PM

Ana Vidovic solo classical guitar annual concert

Get Access to the Live Stream →

Quarantine Concert Series_#115: Carl Cornwell Quartet

Get Web Access to the Video →

Quarantine Concert Series_#116: Bill Heid Trio Three-peat

Get Web Access to the Video →

Quarantine Concert Series_#117: Wolf/Patrick/Jackson

Get Web Access to the Video →

Quarantine Concert Series_#118: Greg Thompkins and Olde SkooL Band

Get Web Access to the Video →

Quarantine Concert Series_#119: Cellist Sydney Bennett

Get Web Access to the Video →

Quarantine Concert Series_#121: Renee Tannenbaum Trio

Get Web Access to the Video →

Quarantine Concert Series #47: Bill Heid Trio

Get Web Access to the Video →