Jazz Theory, Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Piano, and Electric Bass
Michael Kinchen is a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native who has recently relocated to his hometown from Washington, D.C. He earned his formal education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he concurrently studied classical saxophone on alto and soprano with Dr. Susan Fancher, jazz saxophone on alto and tenor with Prof. Chad Eby in the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program, and psychology. During his time there, he also studied theory, composition, and arranging, and performed and/or recorded with Wessell Anderson, Ryan Kisor, Ralph Bowen, Joey Calderazzo, Delfeayo Marsalis, Eugene Rousseau, Joel Frahm, Seamus Blake, Michael Cox, Marcus Printup, and Lee Konitz.
Presently, he focuses all of his saxophone efforts on tenor where he prefers swing. In addition to straight-ahead jazz saxophone, his diverse interests are spread across piano, which he started playing at age 3, and electric bass, which he started at 15. On Rhodes piano, Hammond B3, acoustic piano, synthesizer, and six-string bass, he covers jazz, funk, soul, fusion, folk, gospel, progressive rock, experimental electronica, and world styles. This range is evinced by his broad list of recently or currently associated acts: Camel City Jazz Orchestra (big band/swing), Daniel Seriff and the Quartet Trio (fusion/experimental), Marvelous Funkshun (blues/rock), Fat Cheek Kat (funk/rock/soul), Tyler Nail (folk/indie rock), Matt Kendrick Trio (jazz), The Funk Better Band (funk/soul), The Evolvement (neo-world R&B/indie), Travis Griggs (singer-songwriter), Lucky Pocket (pop/funk/R&B), Groove Food (neo-soul/R&B), RKIII (experimental electronica/fusion), Funk Mob (funk/soul), Footsteppes (progressive/experimental rock) and Brave World Trio (pop-fusion).
When he isn't busy composing original music, arranging for small group and big band, or teaching, he enjoys recording and live freelance work.