When he was a kid an uncle returned from military service with a Victor Victrola and a stack of 78’s. One was a recording of Buck Clayton, the trumpet player from the Duke Ellington band. It wasn’t long before Mike was irritating the entire community with bleats and squacks. Trumpeting didn’t take, but a love of music did, interrupted only by the other stuff of life; marriage; fatherhood; divorce; and a professorship.
Now his kid is grown and the professorship is on extended hiatus freeing Mike to return to the love of his life; music. And he’s taking his romance public with the long-awaited syndication of the Greatest Jazz of All Time, a sixty-minute offering of traditional and contemporary jazz presented from the perspective of a regular guy who loves “good music”.
“I’m not a Jazz Snob,” Mike is quick to say. “We’re not going to get too bogged down into musical theory on Greatest Jazz. It’s more for people like me who have a love of good music and some interest in the people behind the notes. So called Jazz Elitist may have to look elsewhere.”.