2010 WIJBF Performer Profile: Mike JanzenMay 27, 2010
Sunday July 18, @ The Masonic Temple, 8:45-10:00pm
Born in the heartland of Manitoba, Mike Janzen is an award-winning artist whose early formative explorations into classical, rock and funk led him to advanced training in piano and composition (Mike holds a Master of Composition from the University of Toronto) and forays into the wilds of jazz improvisation and modern contemporary classical. He has studied with Hilario Duran, Jim McNeely, David Braid, Dave Restivo, Mark Eisemann, Paul Read and Wayne Bowman.
Mike has worked and recorded with Phil Dwyer, Kevin Breit, George Koller, Hugh Marsh, Daniel Lanois, Ben Riley, Davide DiRenzo, Larnell Lewis, Mark Rogers, Andrew Downing, Frank Botos, Anthony Michelli, Pat Collins, Lori Anna Reid, Julie Michels, Jenni Burke and SMJ Quartet. The Mike Janzen Trio is regularly featured on Jazz 91.1 and Mike’s arrangement of “Mrs. Robinson” made the top songs of 2008 playlist. His second jazz album, Mombacho, won Best Jazz/Blues Album of the Year at the 2009 GMA awards in Calgary. Mike’s CBC commissioned piece for electric guitar and orchestra entitled, Bending Hendrix, was premiered by the WSO in February 2010.
Mike lives in Toronto, where he performs at popular jazz haunts such as the Rex Jazz Club and Sassafraz in Yorkville. The Mike Janzen Trio has toured across Ontario and eastern Canada and has an expanding fan base in Canada, Japan and the USA.