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Mike Baggetta

Guitarist Mike Baggetta is one of his generation’s most original jazz improvisors and composers. It has been said that his performances are "totally compelling" (Jazz Journal - UK), "his melodic sense is truly beautiful" (Jazzreview.com) and that "each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities" (The Hartford Courant).

Mike Baggetta recently received an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his compositional talent, and has also released the second album of his works for the Mike Baggetta Quartet, Source Material, on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. This is a follow-up to the first album by the quartet, Small Spaces, also on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. In addition to leading the Mike Baggetta Quartet (featuring Jason Rigby, Eivind Opsvik and George Schuller), Mike co-leads Tin/Bag, a new music duo with California trumpeter Kris Tiner.

Baggetta has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with Tom Harrell, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Adam Kolker, Jeff Hirshfield, Ken Filiano, Jamie Baum, Tony Reedus, Steve LaSpina, Cameron Brown, Bill McHenry, Brad Shepik, Matt Wilson, George Garzone, Ron McClure, Joe Fonda, Kevin Norton, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ruth Brown among many others.

Originally from Agawam, MA, Baggetta's musical studies have been insightfully guided by Ted Dunbar, Vic Juris, Stanley Cowell and Jim Hall. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Town Hall and many other leading concert venues worldwide. Mike currently lives in New York City and is an endorsing artist for D'Addario Strings.

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Album Review

Mike Baggetta: Spectre

Read "Spectre" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Mike Baggetta has produced a number of quality recordings over the years yet Spectre may be his most compelling project to date. The guitarist delves into some “live" sound processing which include an array of delicate textures, sampling and loops undoubtedly influenced by ECM recording artist David Torn who mastered this release. Though the set ventures into mysterious soundscapes they're rooted in melodicism which equally underscores the inventiveness of Baggetta's trio with bassist Jerome Harris and drummer ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Source Material

Read "Source Material" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Guitarist Mike Baggetta creates a remarkable collage of images that are framed by his composition, writing with abundant skill and bringing an immediate presence to music carried to fulfillment by his band. He has some of the best musicians here, who interact with fluidity and add texture and ambience on the road to resolution.Baggetta has a wide comfort zone. He essays bop as facilely as he does a ballad, balancing his technique with a high degree of creativity. ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Source Material

Read "Source Material" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Guitarist Mike Baggetta's versatility has been in the thick of New York's creative music scene, whether performing with Tom Harrell or front-lining projects like Bridges (MabnotesMusic, 2011), a duo recording with trumpeter Kris Tiner. Source Material is Baggetta's follow up to 2009's Small Spaces (Fresh Sound), with a working quartet that includes robust sax work from Jason Rigby, veteran drummer George Schuller and rising bassist Eivind Opsvik. What sets this recording on higher ground is not just the caliber of ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Small Spaces

Read "Small Spaces" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


New York based guitarist Mike Baggetta has recorded as a band leader before, but Small Spaces is his first CD as the leader of a quartet. This beautifully recorded CD of seven Baggetta originals and one cover, produced by Baggetta himself, shows that his 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award was well-deserved. Baggetta's guitar playing is characterized by a full, warm, tone whether he's vamping behind band members, soloing or duetting with Jason Rigby's tenor. Rigby's tenor ...

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Mike Baggetta: Small Spaces

Read "Small Spaces" reviewed by Clifford Allen


Guitarist Mike Baggetta might not be a familiar name to those outside the coasts, though he's recorded and worked on both. He received his formal education in music from Rutgers and name checks players like Ted Dunbar and Jim Hall, yet his first release was decidedly un-bebop--a half-hour solo recording of prepared and abused acoustic guitar entitled Canto. Bows, rattles and knocks then traversed their way through the long-running (if sporadic) duo Tin/Bag with California-based trumpeter Kris Tiner (of the ...

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Take Five With Mike Baggetta

Read "Take Five With Mike Baggetta" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Mike Baggetta: Guitarist and composer Mike Baggetta is originally from Agawam, Massachusetts, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by his father, he began playing the guitar while in high school after previously studying violin and trombone.Mike went on to study music at Rutgers University, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with high academic honors, and Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. His talents have been recognized through a scholarship from the New ...

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Recording

New CD "Bridges" from Kris Tiner & Mike Baggetta

New CD "Bridges" from Kris Tiner & Mike Baggetta

Source: Michael Ricci

"Radiant... there's an open, intensely emotional quality to the duo's playing... spare, haunting, with hints of modernist avant-garde gestures." —Andy Hamilton, The Wire (UK) “Excellent... trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta explore abstract yet jazz-derived realms of expansive lyricism and liquid melody." —Time Out New York TIN/BAG, the duo of Trumpeter Kris Tiner and Guitarist Mike Baggetta, is excited to let you know about our new CD 'Bridges' on the MabnotesMusic label. This album has been a while in ...

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Recording

"Canto" A CD of 9 Etudes for Solo Prepared Guitar by Mike Baggetta Now Available

Source: Mike Baggetta

A note from Mike Baggetta Greetings Music Lovers,

I'm very pleased to announce the release of Mike Baggetta's new album Canto. It features 9 etudes for solo prepared guitar and has been released on the new MabnotesMusic label. This album is a new edition, funded entirely through Kickstarter, of a slightly older project, recorded in 2003 at the old Artspace Gallery in Greenfield, MA and mastered by Jon Rosenberg a few months ago. Although a bit of a different ...

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Performance / Tour

Mike Baggetta Trio with Cameron Brown, Jeff Hirshfield on the 4th of July!

Mike Baggetta Trio with Cameron Brown, Jeff Hirshfield on the 4th of July!

Source: Michael Ricci

If you're looking for some musical plans for your 4th of July evening please consider the Mike Baggetta Trio.

Mike Baggetta - Guitar Cameron Brown - Bass Jeff Hirshfield - Drums

Sunday, July 4th 8pm and 10 pm (two sets)

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Bar Next Door 129 MacDougal Street (Greenwich Village) New York, NY

The Bar Next Door is a cozy 28 seat venue known for being a listening room that presents ...

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Crowdfunding Campaign

Mike Baggetta, NYC Guitarist, CD Opportunity on Kickstarter

Mike Baggetta, NYC Guitarist, CD Opportunity on Kickstarter

Source: Michael Ricci

A message from Mike Baggetta: I'm trying to raise funds for my latest project, reissuing 'Canto' my first recording of solo prepared guitar music! Come help out, get rewards for pledging any dollar amount you can, and be a part of it on Kickstarter! Here's the link to pledge or grab the widget:

Visit the link above and pledge your support (whatever you can!) and check out the project related rewards for pledging. I've always felt that this album ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet on Tour

Mike Baggetta Quartet on Tour

Source: Michael Ricci

The Mike Baggetta Quartet (Fresh Sound New Talent recording artists) will be on tour next week! Please come by if you're in these cities, or please send this email along to anyone you know in these areas that you think would like to hear this band!

Mike Baggetta - Guitar Jason Rigby - Saxophones Eivind Opsvik - Bass George Schuller - Drums

Monday 3/15 - Nighttown - Cleveland, OH - Nighttowncleveland.com

Tuesday 3/16 - ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet @ Tea Lounge

Mike Baggetta Quartet @ Tea Lounge

Source: Michael Ricci

Thursday, November 19th Tea Lounge Brooklyn, NY www.tealoungeny.com

9pm + 10.30 $5

Mike Baggetta Quartet

Mike Baggetta : Guitar Jason Rigby : Saxophone Eivind Opsvik : Bass George Schuller : Drums

Performing music from “Small Spaces" (Fresh Sound New Talent) and new works.

Guitarist Mike Baggetta is one of his generations most original jazz improvisors and composers. He has performed and/or recorded with Tom Harrell, Conrad ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet Tonight @ Cornelia Street Guitar Festival

Mike Baggetta Quartet Tonight @ Cornelia Street Guitar Festival

Source: Michael Ricci

Performing works from their recently release Fresh Sound New Talent album “Small Spaces" and new pieces. Part of the Cornelia Street Cafe 2009 Guitar Festival:

Mike Baggetta Quartet

Mike Baggetta - Guitar Jason Rigby - Saxophone Michael Bates - Bass George Schuller - Drums

Thursday, August 20th 8:30pm (2 sets) $10 Cover

Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia St. Greenwich Village, NYC 212-989-9319 ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet Tonight @ Cornelia Street Guitar Festival

Mike Baggetta Quartet Tonight @ Cornelia Street Guitar Festival

Source: All About Jazz

Performing works from their recently release Fresh Sound New Talent album “Small Spaces" and new pieces. Part of the Cornelia Street Cafe 2009 Guitar Festival:

Mike Baggetta Quartet

Mike Baggetta - Guitar Jason Rigby - Saxophone Michael Bates - Bass George Schuller - Drums

Thursday, August 20th 8:30pm (2 sets) $10 Cover

Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia St. Greenwich Village, NYC 212-989-9319 Guitarist Mike ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet CD Release Concert at Cornelia Street Cafe

Mike Baggetta Quartet CD Release Concert at Cornelia Street Cafe

Source: All About Jazz

Come celebrate the release of Small Spaces - the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet - on Fresh Sound New Talent Records.

Copies of the CD will be available.

Mike Baggetta - Guitar Jason Rigby - Saxophone Eivind Opsvik - Bass George Schuller - Drums

Sunday April 26th 8.30pm @ Cornelia Street Cafe

Winner of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards

As he demonstrates on his solid new ...

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Mike Baggetta Trio @ Garage NYC

Mike Baggetta Trio @ Garage NYC

Source: All About Jazz


"Mike is one of the best young improvisors on the NY scene!" - Vic Juris, Jazz Guitarist

"Blessed with a refined approach and solid technique...Mike Baggetta has the potential to break the mold of post-John Scofield plectrists." - Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"Radiant... there's an open, intensely emotional quality to the duo's playing... spare, haunting, with hints of modernist avant garde gestures." The Wire (UK)

"Excellent... trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta explore abstract yet jazz-derived realms of expansive lyricism and liquid melody." Time Out New York

"His work…often seems spare yet even the low volume can't hide the rich sounds he creates." Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Mike Baggetta currently has openings in his guitar instruction studio! Send an email to [email protected] to inquire about availability and rates.

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Concerts

Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

(After)

Adhyâropa Records
2024

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Wobegon

Fresh Sound Records
2018

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Spectre

Fresh Sound Records
2016

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Source Material

Fresh Sound Records
2011

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Bridges

Self Produced
2011

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Small Spaces

Fresh Sound Records
2009

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Recuerdo (after Edna St. Vincent Millay)

From: (After)
By Mike Baggetta

Momentum

From: Source Material
By Mike Baggetta

Bridges

From: Bridges
By Mike Baggetta

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