Derrick Michaels

Saxophonist | Composer | Educator

Baltimore-based tenor saxophonist whose approach is at once unapologetically lyrical and uncompromisingly dynamic. 

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Derrick Michaels & The Great Unfolding @ An Die Musik


DM-tenor saxophone

John Dierker-bass clarinet

Chris Pumphrey-piano/saxophone

Mike Kuhl-drums/percussion

"It is a beautiful thing to create something from nothing." - Mike Kuhl

Of the groups I assembled for the Third Wednesday Jazz series at Bertha's in the last year, this quartet was one of the most intimate, synergistic, and expansive. We presented two sets of improvised music that ebbed and flowed, pushed and pulled, lifted and plummeted, all within a cohesive and lush collective ensemble sound. "Solos" were few and far between, and the improvisations leaned toward a more collective ensemble-oriented sound, covering a stylistic gamut from chamber music to soul to jazz to skronk to ethereal soundscapes...this is sure to be a special performance.

Earlier Event: May 16
Derrick Michaels Trio @ Bertha's
Later Event: August 10
Derrick Michaels Quartet