jazz composer, pianist, arranger

Michael Collins

Michael Collins, pianist and award-winning composer, is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at USC, where he studied with jazz masters Shelly Berg, Russ Ferrante, and Kim Richmond. Originally from Arizona, Michael was equally fortunate to be able to study in his own back yard with jazz legend Armand Boatman at the "Granada Conservatory" (Armand's living room on Granada Street). Now developing his own reputation, Michael's piano playing is modern, interactvie, bop-influenced, and virtuosic. His big band composition "Sketch Artist" was awarded honorable mention in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, and his big band arrangement of "El Sur" was featured on "40 Acres and a Burro," a GRAMMY-nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. He currently appears with and writes for valley favorites Doublers Collective, CleveTet, and Superstition Jazz Orchestra. Michael proudly teaches piano at Phoenix College as well as choir and piano classes at Ward Traditional Academy in Tempe, Arizona.