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Michael Feinberg

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. 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. In 2014, Atlanta based BeHip records released Michael Feinberg's “HUMBLEBRAG Live at 800 East”, Feinberg’s 5th album as a leader. The album features Terreon Gully, Billy Buss, Godwin Louis, and Julian Shore and was heralded by critics and audiences alike. As the Midwest Record puts it: “This is high tone, sitting down jazz that blows your ears and your mind wide open. Killer stuff for those ready to saddle up for a wild ride." Feinberg is the winner of the Six String Theory Rhythm Section Contest 2012, recipient of 2010 Downbeat Student Music Award, headliner of the 2010 SXSW Festival, resident at 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, and semi finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition for performance and jazz composition. Michael has performed or recorded with: Billy Hart, George Garzone, Lee Ritenour, Slide Hampton, Ari Hoenig, Elliot Mason, Jeff Coffin, Kenny Werner, Terreon Gully, Ralph Alessi, Russell Gunn, Dave Samuels, Larry Koonse, Daniel Platzman, JD Allen, Ted Nash, Tim Hagans, Orrin Evans, Myron Walden, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jim Black, Jonathan Batiste, Peter Evans, Ralph Lalama, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sam Barsh, Noah Preminger, Bobby Broom, Brian Hogans, Logan Richardson, Dana Hawkins, Pascal and Remy LeBoeuf, Swiss Chriss, Jason Palmer, Dayna Stephens, Leo Genovese, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi (KNOWER), Phil Dizack, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Kebbi Williams, and Run DMC among others.

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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. " - Irish Times

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

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


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Hard Times

Fresh Sound Records


From Where We Came

Steeplechase Productions


Whatever Possessed Me

Sear Sound Studios, NYC


Live at 800 East

BeHip Records


Michael Feinberg: The...

Sunnyside Records


With Many Hands

Self Produced



From: Live at 800 East
By Michael Feinberg



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