Mike McKoy is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain with professional experience in musical theatre. He has performed in six European countries and aboard the Majesty of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises.
He made his debut at London’s Ronnie Scott's club opening for Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. Reviewing a show at London's 606 club for The Guardian newspaper, John Fordham later wrote that Mike McKoy made a powerful impression opposite Elvin Jones, and described the show as a performance of bold coolness, which grew in stature as the battle with a noisy packed house increasingly went McKoy's way.
His first CD, 'Mike McKoy Swings to the Bossa Nova’ (ZECD35), was recorded live at the Pizza on the Park with Bobby Wellins (tenor saxophone), Pete Letanka (piano), Anthony Kerr (vibraphone), Simon Woolf (double bass) and Simon Morton (drums).
His latest album, LUDWIG MANHATTAN'S GERMAICAN BLUES, combines spoken-word narrative and jazz. It was recorded in Valencia (Spain) with Toni Belenguer (trombone), Vicent Colonques (keyboards), Matt Baker (double bass), Ignacio Aguilar (harmonica and didgeridoo) with Mike narrating, singing and playing guitar - on several tracks, in the vintage style and tuning championed by his hero Marty Grosz. The album is available as a CD + English/Spanish dual- language book (Sedajazz Records).
Godin 5th Avenue acoustic archtop guitar, Sonntag Augusta j18
semi-acoustic archtop; Evans RE200 and Polytone Mini-Brute II
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Ludwig Manhattan's Germaican Blues is absorbing, thought-
provoking and, above all, fun.” DAVE GELLY (UK)