Saxophonist Michael McGarril has been busy performing in the New York music scene since 2004 as a bandleader and sideman. His own group, the Michael McGarril Quartet, offers a fusion of modern jazz and electro-inspired funk, accented by use of the EWI. He also leads the Soundwaves, a bluesy, organ-driven house band that performs weekly aboard Classic Harbor Line's 1920's-style yacht 'Manhattan II'. Michael has recently performed with the following musical artists: Steve Aoki, Mase, St. Lucia, Big Daddy Kane, GE Smith, Junius Meyvant, Satellite Mode, Kelley James, Jeff Leblanc, "The Reverend" Shawn Amos, MICKY, and Kaylyn Marie and the Wildlings, as well as jazz projects including the Laura Andrea Leguia Jazz Orchestra, Eyal Vilner Big Band and Charli Persip's 'Supersound'.
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 joining every kind of musical group imaginable, from orchestras and marching bands, to jazz and folk-rock bands. 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 latest album Intrinsic Evolution. Since moving to New York, Michael has had the opportunity to share the stage with Cuban songstress Xiomara Laugart, and jazz greats Jimmy Owens, Frank Wes, and Jimmy Heath. He has performed at venues including the Belleayre Jazz Festival, the Rose Theater at JALC, Terminal 5, Webster Hall, SOB's, Rockwood Music Hall, 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, clarinet and piano. He plays a JL Woodwinds custom tenor saxophone, Berg Larsen 110 M hard rubber mouthpiece and D'Addario Jazz Select 3H reeds.
Right Kind of Fool
Where the Light Comes In
Charli Persip & Supersound