Michael Sherman is a multi-faceted media specialist, with advanced skills in jazz guitar, composition, arranging, sound engineering, website development, and education. Currently residing in Rochester NY, Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies under the direction of Dr. Steve Roach at Sacramento State University in 2012. He completed his A.A. in Music Performance and Music Technology under direction of Ray Brown and James Durland at Cabrillo College in 2009. Michael has studied jazz guitar privately with Howard Alden, Bob Sneider, Steve Homan, and Mick Valentino. He has studied arranging with Bill Dobbins, Ray Brown, and Kerry Marsh. He has participated in clinics from Peter Bernstein, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Holman, Donny McCaslin, Joe Satriani, Joshua Redman, and many others.
Though one might find Michael Sherman on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the legendary Kuumbwa Jazz Center or recording with a number of leading Latin jazz artists, you may just as likely find him in front of a middle school jazz ensemble sharing his passion for working with and writing for students. Dedicated to providing students with high quality and appropriate level music to play, Sherman has found an important balance of performance and teaching in his career. Many of Sherman’s large ensemble arrangements and compositions have been performed for concerts and recording sessions by high school and college level jazz ensembles with great success.
Michael’s continuous desire to advance musical boundaries won him a Down Beat Magazine award for accompanying the vocal jazz super-group, “Vox 2” led by Kerry Marsh. In the Sacramento community, Michael enjoys performing with the Ron Davis Big Band, Carlos McCoy Latin Jazz Nonette, and with the Naked Lounge quintet on Monday nights, which have featured and premiered many of his new arrangements/compositions.
Michael is constantly looking to improve and help his community. In 2009, he saw a need for talented recording engineers for up and coming students in the Sacramento area. Having the recording and production expertise of HD Audio/Video, Michael founded Mobile Audio Productions. His mission for his company was to provide the highest quality recording service at rates that students could afford. Dozens of student now have high-quality memories of their recitals, audition tapes, and performances that they have worked so hard to prepare for.
Michael has been appointed Assistant Jazz Guitar Instructor, Jazz Department TA, and Media Lab Assistant at the Eastman School of Music, where he is pursuing his Masters Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media. Through these positions, Michael helps manages the online presence of the Eastman Jazz community, and aids the department with technical support. He also teaches Jazz Guitar privately to students who have chosen guitar as their secondary instrument. In his down time, he enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and spending time with his family.