Meet Mike McKoy: Mike McKoy is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain with professional experience in musical theatre. He has performed in six European countries and aboard the Majesty of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises. He made his debut at London's Ronnie Scott's club opening for Elvin Jones
's "Imitation, Assimilation, Innovation" is very sound advice for learning the jazz language, but I feel I've only just entered the 'Assimilation' phase. I would recommend reflecting and drawing on inspiration beyond what can be found in jazz alone: develop an aesthetic. As a musician who sings, I've developed a strong need to preserve what I consider elegant and beautiful.
Your dream band: If I were being fanciful as well as open and direct, I'd say that I'd absolutely love to sing harmonies and play guitar with Rebecca Kilgore
. But, in truth, my ideal band is the one I work with now.
Favorite venue: I love the 606 Club in London, the Duc des Lombards in Paris, and the Jimmy Glass in Valenci. They're all wonderful intimate venues that share the same great vibe, sound, and experience from the bandstandbut I also love playing for diners at Pata Negra restaurant in Valencia.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Ludwig Manhattan's Germaican Blues because of everything that writing and recording it has meant to me.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? My intention is to contribute towards the possibility of peace and love, of renewal and growth, of reconciliation and mutual understanding.
Did you know... I wrote Ludwig Manhattan's Germaican Blues on the bus for over three years during my journey to my day job.
What is in the near future? I'm looking forward to performing Ludwig Manhattan's Germaican Blues as a meticulously-crafted live show combining literary and spoken-word narrative, instrumental and vocal jazz (in vintage style), photographic imagery and stop-motion cut-out animation.
What song would you like played at your funeral? Count Basie