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Michael Feinberg

Michael Feinberg is a very talented young bassist on both acoustic and electric. He is a bassist to keep an eye on, he has the flexibility energy, love of the music and intensity necessary to make a difference NOW!” John Patitucci

Hailed as a "musical prodigy turned evil genius" (spinner) bassist Michael Feinberg has quickly "become one of the premier young artists on the New York scene" (Jazz Inside Magazine). Raised in Atlanta, Ga. Feinberg began his music career on the bandstand as a member of Grammy nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn’s quartet. Performing every week at Churchill Grounds, 18 year old Feinberg held the bass chair for 6 months until he left for the University of Miami. As a sophomore at UM, Michael recorded his debut record “Harajuku" which helped him to earn a residency at Betty Carter’s Jazz Aheadat the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Back in Miami, Feinberg decided to take composition more seriously, and began work on his sophomore album 2009's "Evil Genius." Following the release of "Evil Genius" Michael was invited to headline at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Following graduation Feinberg pomptly moved to New York

In 2009 Feinberg began his graduate studies at NYU and quickly found himself working and performing with some members of the faculty including John Scofield, Jean Michel Pilc, George Garzone, Kenny Werner and Billy Drummond. Equally inspired by the wealth of talent from his peers around NYC he began working on his next record. After workshopping the music for over a year at the 55 bar, Smalls, and Fat Cat, Feinberg was ready to hit the studio and in 2010 he released "With Many Hands"  to critical acclaim including Bass Player Magazine, who featured Feinberg in its July 2011 issue.

In 2012 Feinberg signed with Sunnyside Records to record the "Elvin Jones Project" with an all star lineup of Billy Hart, George Garzone, Tim Hagans, Leo Genovese, and Alex Wintz. While on a self imposed break from composing, Feinberg found himself digging deep into the great drummer Elvin Jones' catalogue. Subsequent gigs would consist of more and more Elvin themed tunes until Feinberg made the decision to form his Elvin Jones Project. Much like his previous album, the EJP matured in the jazz clubs of the west village and features many of the great young stars of jazz including Billy Buss, Tivon Pennicott, Leo Genovese, Noah Preminger, Godwin Louis, Joe Santa Maria, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Victor Gould, and Glenn Zaleski.

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"The influence of that period of (Miles) Davis' career comes through in the writing as well as the musicianship. That ESP!, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer aesthetic is evident." - Jazz Inside Magazine "This new release by Michael Feinberg underscores what a remarkable bandleader Jones was" -Wall St. Journal "Michael Feinberg's Elvin Jones Project is a an inviting and thoughtfully swung listen" -LA Times "Feinberg’s original material is fresh and refreshingly free of empty complexity, giving his group... material that they can stretch out on without getting lost in technique

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Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

www.nyja.com I teach private lessons in bass, theory, composition, and ensemble playing.

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Concerts

Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Blues Variant

Criss Cross
2023

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Hard Times

Fresh Sound Records
2021

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From Where We Came

Steeplechase Productions
2020

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Whatever Possessed Me

Sear Sound Studios, NYC
2018

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Live at 800 East

BeHip Records
2014

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Michael Feinberg: The...

Sunnyside Records
2013

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Blues Variant

From: Blues Variant
By Michael Feinberg

Tutuola

From: Live at 800 East
By Michael Feinberg

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