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Michael Pagán


Michael Pagán was born in Ravenna, Ohio. He was raised in a musical family and received his first piano instruction from his parents. He remembers hearing recordings of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis, as well as Beethoven, at an early age. At Kent State University he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with emphases in piano/choral music and a Master of Arts in composition, where his teachers were James Waters, Thomas Janson, and Frank Wiley. He was a music theory student of Hugh A. Glauser, after whom the school is presently named. Mike played piano in the new music ensemble under the direction of Frank Wiley and the jazz ensemble under the direction of Chas Baker. His piano teachers included Toni Glauser, Lois Rova Ozanich, Robert Palmieri, and Olga Kuehl-White of the University of Akron. The piano playing and compositions of the late Pat Pace were also an influence. During those years Mike played jazz piano and bass throughout Northeast Ohio. He also played bass in the KSU Orchestra. He received his Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University, where his principle composition teachers were Lynden DeYoung, Alan Stout, and Steven Syverud. He played piano in the NU jazz and contemporary music ensembles, both directed by Don Owens and continued piano studies with Laurence Davis. While in Chicago he was named a “musician deserving wider recognition” by Downbeat magazine. As a jazz pianist he has performed for over 40 years throughout the United States and in Europe with many notable jazz musicians. Ensembles he has performed with as a soloist include the Ashland (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Northshore Concert Band, and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra of Denver. In 2017 he was a jazz soloist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and in 2019 with the Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble. He has also played exteneded engagements aboard the historic steamboat Delta Queen on the Mississippi River, specializing in early as well as mainstream jazz. Since 2009 he has held an on-going Tuesday night solo engagement at Cafe Trio in Kansas City, MO.


Keyboard Christmas II

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2022
Track listing: Angels We Have Heard on High; A Child Is Born; You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch; In the Bleak Midwinter; Jolly Old St. Nicholas; We Three Kings; Have a Holly Jolly Christmas; Ave Maria; Winter Wonderland; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Variations on What Child Is This


The Standards, Vol. 2 (Live at The Drum Room in Kansas City)

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2022
Track listing: All The Things You Are (Live); Yesterdays (Live); My One and Only Love (Live); Triste (Live); Black Narcissus (Live); Invitation (Live); Nefertiti (Live)


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Les Brown, Jerry Bergonzi & Eddie Daniels

Read "Les Brown, Jerry Bergonzi & Eddie Daniels" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The 698th Episode of Neon Jazz kicks off with a veteran musician that has delighted fans for decades; Eddie Daniels joined by an impressive line up including Dave Grusin and Bob James with new music from 2020 release Night Kisses. From there, we take a trip to Cuba with Harold-López-Nussa and the Cuban Jazz Combo. This ...


Bravo! the Ottawa University Jazz Singers

Label: OUR Music
Released: 2017


The Ottawa Sessions

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2015
Track listing: Lullaby of the Leaves; Hebgen Happy Hour; Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; Owe You Blues; Forgotten Space; Kalamara Rex; C# Minor Tune; Just in Tune


Article: Album Review

Michael Pagan, Bob Bowman, Brian Steever: The Ottawa Sessions

Read "The Ottawa Sessions" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

The Ottawa Session è un disco revivalistico, che si ispira chiaramente al bop, è dotato di un marcato senso dello swing e possiede il dono della leggerezza. Il trio responsabile del programma musicale -Michael Pagan al pianoforte, Bob Bowman al contrabbasso e Brian Steever alla batteria -ha il merito di immergere l'ascoltatore in una serie ...


News: Music Industry

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

The Artists Recording Collective celebrated its 5th anniversary on Pearl Harbor Day this month. Also, commonly known as ARC, the company is a registered Kansas Limited Liability Company (LLC) in good standing that is based in the scenic Kansas City metropolitan area at Leavenworth. ARC is simply a recording label and low intensity marketing platform that ...


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