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Michael Baird


Born Lusaka, Zambia, British nationality, resident in Holland. From 1975-83 played and recorded with amongst others Gijs Hendriks (NL), Slide Hampton (USA), Kenny Drew (USA), Raul Burnet (CUR), Sonny Grey (USA), Siggi Kessler (D), Michel Herr (B), Michel Grailler (F), Joe Diorio (USA), Jan Akkerman (NL), Wim Overgaauw (NL), Stan Tracey (GB), Kenny Wheeler (CAN). Founded own label SWP Records in 1986. Led own group Sharp Wood from 1986-96. Other own groups: octet Utrecht Deep Artment 1997-99, quintet CapeAbility in 2000, sextet Trendy 3D Junk in 2000-02, solo concerts Gongs And Bells in 2002-3, sextet African Abstractions in 2004-05, various other projects and composition commissions. Initiator Rhythm Orgy series in Utrecht, 2008-'11, searching for a new pan- african music. Sextet TranceMission in 2009, combining jazz, punk, africa. Octet Utrick City Impro Collective in 2011. Also played in the André Jaume(F)/Jean-Marc Montera (F) Quintet, in the quintet Vogelvijf led by Tjitze Vogel (NL), , in the Dick de Graaf (NL)/Serge Lazarevitch (F) Quartet, and the sextet MOT led by Steven Kamperman (NL). In own groups played and recorded with amongst others: Broer van den Bogaart (NL), Hans Hasebos (NL), Albert Veenendaal (NL), Jogi Gillis (SUR), Michiel Borstlap (NL), Ben Gerritsen (NL), David Tronzo (USA), Vitold Rek (PL), Michael Moore (USA), Michel Massot (B), Marianne Pousseur (B), Michel Godard (F), Mark Lotz (D), Tjitze Vogel (NL), Paul Weiling (D), Konkie Halmeyer (CUR), Kofi Ayivor (GHA), Ousmane Seye (SEN), Jeroen van Vliet (NL), Zoumana Diarra (MALI), Rick van Heerden (SA), Kamal al Hors (MAR), Patrick Votrian USA), Abdoulaye 'Oké' Sène (SEN), Mamour Seck (SEN), Layba Diawara (GUI) Compiled and produced 22-cd series 'Historical Recordings by Hugh Tracey' of African music from the 40s and 50s, released on SWP Records


Ends And Odds

Label: Creative Sources
Released: 2010


Article: Profile

The Late Great Phil Seamen

Read "The Late Great Phil Seamen" reviewed by Michael Baird

INTRODUCTION Phillip William Seamen was born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on August 28th 1926 and died on Friday 13th October 1972--he fell asleep in a chair in his abode on Old Paradise Street in Lambeth, south London, and didn't wake up any more. The police were called in quite quickly and their pathologist began by ...


On Remote Patrol

Label: Creative Sources
Released: 1996


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