Michael Hudson-Casanova

Michael Hudson-Casanova

Musicians | Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Chicago

A distinctive jazz artist will reflect the ingenuity of the tradition while presenting a fresh voice that is current, relevant and exhilarating. Michael Hudson-Casanova succeeds in every respect.

—Norman David

Updated: January 31, 2024

Born: May 20, 1994

Originally from Detroit, Michael Hudson-Casanova is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and educator quickly becoming a staple in the Chicago jazz and creative music scene. His debut album as a leader, Echoes of Thought (2021), has been praised as “…an exceptional record by a killer band,” by All About Jazz. His music blends traditional and contemporary jazz concepts, and always leaves plenty of room for dynamic improvisation with carefully chosen bandmates.

Hudson-Casanova has received awards, scholarships, and grants for his music, including individual artist grants from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council Agency to record and produce his second album, Animus. He also received the Ramon Zupko grant in 2015 for the creation of an interdisciplinary work of original music and dance, and the Vice Provost for the Arts grant in 2018 and 2019 to record music by Crosscurrents Ensemble. In October of 2022, he was featured as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for their production of “Charlie Parker: With Strings.”

Hudson-Casanova has appeared at venues across the United States as a leader and a sideman, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, South Jazz Kitchen, Cliff Bell’s, Silvana, The Green Mill, Cafe CODA, Elastic Arts, and more. He has appeared on his colleagues’ records as a sideman, most notably Elliot Bild’s ISMS (2020).

As an educator, Hudson-Casanova has maintained a studio of saxophone, flute, and clarinet players of all ages for over ten years. He believes music is for everyone, and works to help his students maintain a positive relationship with music. He teaches for institutions like Common Time Music School and Ravinia Sistema.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Grant

Illinois Arts Council Agency Individual Artist Program Grant


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“…a mature composer, a democratic bandleader… as well as an innovative improviser.” - All About Jazz

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Sonny Rollins
Wayne Shorter
David Binney
saxophone, alto
John Coltrane
Joe Henderson
Lee Konitz
saxophone, alto
Kenny Wheeler


  Mon, Mar 11
Chicago, IL
Paul Hecht's Pyrography
Stola Contemporary
Mon, Mar 11. 7:00 pm


Kind Folk

From: Altus: Animus Live
By Michael Hudson-Casanova

What If Everything Is Not Enough

From: Animus
By Michael Hudson-Casanova


From: Echoes of Thought
By Michael Hudson-Casanova

Parallels of Latitude

From: ISMS
By Michael Hudson-Casanova