Michael McGarril is a saxophonist and composer from Brooklyn, NY. His group, the Michael McGarril Quartet, offers a fusion of modern jazz and electro-inspired funk, accented by use of the EWI. He also leads Boat Band, a bluesy, organ-driven jazz trio that primarily performs on a jazz cruise on the Hudson River every week. Michael has performed and/or recorded with many different musical artists, most notably: Steve Aoki, Mase, St. Lucia, Big Daddy Kane, Junius Meyvant, Spencer Zahn, Satellite Mode, Shag Horns, Jeff Leblanc, "The Reverend" Shawn Amos, and Kaylyn Marie and the Wildlings.
Originally from the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, Michael began playing music on the alto saxophone at the age of 10. He gained experience early on by joining every kind of musical group imaginable, from orchestras and big bands, to folk-rock and indie projects. In 2004, Michael moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music as a scholarship recipient. He studied saxophone with Jim Snidero, Dave Glasser, Vincent Herring, and Gary Bartz, among others. During that time, he also joined legendary drummer Charli Persip's group 'Supersound', and appears on his last album Intrinsic Evolution. He has performed at venues including the Belleayre Jazz Festival, the Rose Theater at JALC, Pier 17, Terminal 5, Webster Hall, SOB's, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Symphony Space, the Iridium, and Small's. He has also performed on television on 'Live With Kelly And Ryan' and 'Good Day New York'.
Michael currently works not only as a freelance musician but also as a private lesson teacher on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. He plays a JL Woodwinds custom tenor saxophone, D'Addario Select Jazz D9M mouthpiece and Vandoren reeds.
Right Kind of Fool
Where the Light Comes In
Charli Persip & Supersound