The versatility and variety give the Michael Shirtz Quartet a mass appeal with jazz and non-jazz audiences in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Contemporary Music & Singer-Songwriter.
Price Range: $600-$3000
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
The Michael Shirtz Quartet or Michael Shirtz as a solo artist can provide themed concerts or original material. The group performs jazz standards to singer songwriter compositions to compositions written by members of the band.
The quartet can be flexible to the needs of the event. Michael Shirtz can also perform just as a solo pianist. Doug Neel can perform as a solo guitarist. Michael Shirtz and Doug Neel can also perform as a duo.
The Michael Shirtz Quartet is a jazz ensemble that plays traditional jazz with a blend of contemporary textures such as funk, rock, singer/songwriter, blues, and gospel. A nontraditional and percussive approach to the keyboard, mixed with his vocals and interests in polytonality and improvisation, Shirtz’s quartet sound has developed strong Brubeckian and Previn-like influences. These influences have allowed MSQ to function as a revolving host to many musicians, even featuring the sounds of harmonica, cello, vibes, and violin. The quartet has provided Michael with a foundation for compositional ideas and unique arrangements of American Songbook standards. After a retreat in performance from 2003-2012, Shirtz began incorporating MSQ back into his musical interests and activities. Today, MSQ accompanies Shirtz in his jazz gigs as well as plays in his shows "AMERICA, Our Way," "As I've Learned It," and his up coming "In Finding Faith."
In 2014, Michael began focusing on MSQ as his primary performance group incorporating a diverse membership featuring Michael on piano/vocals, joined by Douglas Neel on guitar/bass/trombone/vocals, Dwight Bailey bass/vocals, and Reggie Jackson on drums/percussion. This unique instrumentation has created the perfect accompaniment for Shirtz's shows and performances in which Michael moves effortlessly from singing and playing jazz, to almost any contemporary style.
Additional Booking Notes
Note depending on if booking the entire quartet or Michael Shirtz as a solo artist this may vary.
Quartet Technical Info:
Minimum stage 8'x16'
Basic lighting- if necessary - depends on if stage lighting is necessary
2 Full range speakers or speakers and subs
Mixer with affects
4 monitors- 4 separate monitor mixes
3 Vocal mics
1 guitar mic
1 DI box
1 Bass guitar amp mic
Drum mics: kick, snare, overheads
5 boom stands
4 short boom stands
Songs from the American Songbook
Nat King Cole
|Michael Shirtz||Singer/ pianist|
|Doug Neel||Guitar/ Vocal|
|Dwight Bailey||Bass/ Vocal|
Simple PA system
3 Vocal Mics
3 Boom Stands
mics for instruments
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