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Author Archives: Mike
I’m now available for lessons in Ossining, NY at the “Best of Westchester” Award winning Mike Risko Music School. Check out their website, and hopefully I’ll see you there!
My review of the Daniel Bennett Group’s 2015 album The Mystery at Clown Castle is available at All About Jazz. It’s another outstanding example of the endless creative possibilities of modern jazz, and is highly recommended
Happy Holidays! Here’s a list of the top 5 blog posts from 2014. Here they are, in case you missed them! 5. Freight Train Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson This is my intermediate fingerstyle guitar lesson for the Elizabeth Cotten classic “Freight … Continue reading
I’m happy to announce my upcoming Intro to Indian Ragas class in Pittsburgh, offered by the Calliope School of Folk Music. It’s a four-week workshop, open to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Hindustani music.
I’m now offering private guitar, banjo and mandolin lessons in Pittsburgh, PA. All levels are welcome! Contact me if your interested in folk music or jazz, theory or fundamentals, or world music.
Hey everyone, I do need to apologize for going off the grid there for a while. I’ve been involved in a number of big projects and this site got put on the backburner for too long. The good news is, … Continue reading
Sorry for the lack of activity here. I’ve been working on getting my new website, Live Jazz Shows, up and running. It’s a resource for finding upcoming jazz concerts, new album reviews, and today’s best jazz musicians!
New York City’s jazz record label Pi Recordings, run by co-owners Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang, is a major player in the contemporary music scene. Releasing music by legendary artists like Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as younger … Continue reading
Freefall, by The Chuck Anderson Trio, 2010. Dreambox Media, DMJ-1121. Freefall is guitarist/composer Chuck Anderson’s first release after an extended hiatus from performance due to ill health. However, it is a triumphant and welcome return to the contemporary straight-ahead jazz scene for … Continue reading