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Mike McGuirk

Bassist Mike McGuirk grew up in Portland, Oregon. At age eleven he began playing the electric bass and, while in high school, devoted his attention to the acoustic bass. He went on to study at the University of North Texas with Jeff Bradetich, where he received a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies. In 1997, he won the International Society of Bassists jazz bass competition. Since arriving in New York he has played and/or recorded with John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, David Liebman, Tim Hagans, Don Friedman, Joey Baron, Andy Laverne, Eliot Zigmund, Adam Nussbaum, Bennie Wallace, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Drummond, Renee Rosnes, Walt Weiskopf and Eddie Henderson among others. Recently, he can be heard on Marc Copland's Lunar featuring David Liebman, and Jed Levy's Round and Round on Steeplechase records.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2020 Releases Deserving Recognition

Read "2020 Releases Deserving Recognition" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pandemic or no pandemic, there were a lot of worthwhile jazz CDs released in 2020, more than could be covered within the year. Here are quick reviews of six of them. Benny Rubin Jr. Quartet Know Say Or See Self-Produced 2020 Benny Rubin Jr is a young ...

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Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Out of the Night Came You; Invitation; Dear Virginia; Morning Hope; All the Things You Are; Peace; Funkallero.

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Article: Interview

Marvin Stamm: Team Player

Read "Marvin Stamm: Team Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Trumpeter Marvin Stamm is known for being part of a gazillion albums, having that ability to go into a studio and play exactly what's required, whether it's for a records by pop singers, jazz artists, Paul McCartney, Donny Hathaway or touring with Frank Sinatra. It's a reputation the highly skilled player earned with hard work.

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Article: Album Review

Marvin Stamm, Mike Holober, Mike McGuirk, Dennis Mackrel: Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Read "Live at Maureen's Jazz Cellar" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Marvin Stamm, Mike Holober, Mike McGuirk and Dennis Mackrel; when musicians of that caliber gather onstage to record a live supper club session, even the diners snap to attention and harken closely lest any phrase or nuance eludes the ears. Such was the case on a December evening in 2019 at Maureen's Jazz Cellar in Nyack, ...

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Mike Holober: Marvin Stamm/Mike Holober Quartet Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Read "Marvin Stamm/Mike Holober Quartet Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


One of the many things sorely missed in the 2020's COVID situation is that cornerstone of jazz—the live-in-a-club performance. Live at Maureen's Cellar provides a vivid recollection of what pre-plague joy we had.. This fine recording presents that intimate club vibe, offering engaging extended solos, ensemble (and audience) interaction, and the emotional range that jazz delivers ...

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Article: Album Review

Marvin Stamm/Mike Holober: Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar

Read "Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


It is hard to overstate the value of long standing working relationships between musicians. When this musical symbiosis is at its best, the result is a genuine understanding and an interpretation of the music in a comprehensive way. Such is the case between flugelhornist Marvin Stamm and pianist Mike Holober on Live @ Maureen's Jazz Cellar. ...

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Jostein Gulbrandsen: Looking Ahead

Read "Looking Ahead" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


Norwegian-born, New York-based guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen makes a modest splash with this set of eight originals. The composing is in-the-tradition and buoyant throughout, and harnesses the abilities of an enviable band. Bassist Mike McGuirk exudes plenty of sunshine in opener “Gee Wheez," revealing a carefree undercurrent that infuses the entire session. Drummer Mark Ferber catches his ...

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Article: Live Review

Bob DeVos and Don Friedman: Nyack, NY, June 29, 2012

Read "Bob DeVos and Don Friedman: Nyack, NY, June 29, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Bob DeVos and Don FriedmanNyack Library Carnegie RoomNyack, NYJune 29, 2012The spate of live performances that expressly pay tribute to various figures from bygone eras of jazz raises a number of complex questions about the music and the business which surrounds it. Do concerts and club dates in honor of musicians ...


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