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Mike Fageros

Guitarist Mike Fageros first started playing guitar at age 13 and studied under the tutilage of Alan Massey who was a local guitar teacher where he was born and raised in Georgetown in Washington, D.C.. After learning the basics, he was then teaching guitar at Alan Massey studios a year later. At age 15 he was able to meet and later study with Roy Buchannan as Roy played at a local venue in Georgetown called the Silver Dollar.

Moving to Baltimore at age 16, he took up residence at one of the most reknown jazz clubs in the area, Bluesette, which was owned and managed by the legendary Art Peyton. Once there, he formed a group known as "Rise" which performed side by side at Bluesette with a group known as "Urch Perch" which has achieved legendary status as a cult group in the Baltimore area. The stay at Bluesette was his introduction to jazz as the club functioned as an after hour jazz club from midnight to 4 AM.

Moving to Texas at age 17, he later enrolled into McLennan Community College and performed on guitar in the stage band under the instruction of Bill Haskell and obtained a scholorship for his performance while continuing to study music theory and composition. He later went on to study at Baylor University continuing his music studies and once performed in the stage band backing legendary vibrophonist Gary Burton.

Moving to San Francisco at age 23 produced positive results and he was able to record March of the Trolls and Morning, a 45 RPM which later recieved airplay in the central Texas area. Moving back to Texas in 1976 found him performing with a group known as The Jazzmanian Devils which featured soprano saxophonist Thomas Ramirez along with Bill Maddox on drums and Spencer Starnes on bass. One of the most memorable concerts that they did was at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin TX.

Shortly thereafter, he joined Latin Trumpeteer, Luis "The Little Giant" Gasca's group and began touring. Gasca was a formidable technician and recorded on the Fantasy label out of Berkeley California. Gasca had played with about everybody in the Bay Area including Joe Henderson, Janis, Santana, Hadley Caliman amongst others. This period spent with Gasca was time well spent in a jazz career until the inevitable happened. Coming back from a concert in South Texas on the way back to San Angelo Tx., the driver of the van in which Fageros was riding fell asleep at the wheel and rolled the van nearly missing oncoming traffic. Fortunately, Mike sustained only superficial cuts and bruises but others in the van were more seriously hurt. Needless to say, he never performed in that context again.

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Guitarist Mike Fageros Releases New CD "Melange de Jazz"

Guitarist Mike Fageros Releases New CD "Melange de Jazz"

Source: All About Jazz

Guitarist Mike Fageros has released his new CD entitled “Melange de Jazz" on the Top Secret label. This CD features the guitarist in the Organ Trio setting utilizing two different Hammond Organists and featuring them on different tracks.

Organist Robert Sanders is featured on 6 cuts including Minority and Recorda Me and Organist Travis Doyle is featured on another 3 cuts featuring Son of Ice Bag and Take Five.

In addition, Mike plays in the Guitar Trio with Guitar, Drums ...

Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Searching for intermediate level guitar students and up. Rates vary according to whether the student travels to the teacher or the teacher travels to the student but is negotiable and on the average of $50 per hr.




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