8 July 2014 Cody
”Surfboard” is saxophonist Mike Tracy’s sixth recording as a leader and it is a particularly special project. Having been to Brazil many times, he has grown to love the spirit of the music, with its different rhythms and expressive melodies. ”Surfboard” is a collection of infrequently played (at least in the United States) Brazilian standards and originals with an all Brazilian rhythm section. Tracy and his bandmates expose the listener to a variety of styles that one rarely encounters in the U.S.
12 May 2014 Josh
A veritable “Ambassador of Jazz,” Professor Michael Tracy is one of America’s foremost jazz educators, with more than thirty-five years of performing and teaching experience. In classrooms, studios, and concert halls, he has developed a variety of innovative approaches to jazz education, enabling him to work with students of any proficiency. Tracy has taught and performed throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, and Wales. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he helped establish a jazz program at the Estonian Music Academy in Tallinn, Estonia. He has frequently coordinated and hosted groups sponsored by the Open World Cultural Program, an organization that brings jazz musicians from Russia to the United States to interact with their American counterparts. Tracy has also been instrumental in establishing faculty and student exchanges and workshops with institutions in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Poland and Russia.