Michael Jay Reese Resume

      Michael Reese, Professional Guitarist

As of late, some of Michael's latest projects have included performing at Copper Mountain's annual Guitar Town festival, along with such luminaries as Duane Eddie, and John Gorgenson. Also, in 2010 Michael was invited to play at the Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, Colorado. He was invited by Yonrico Scott and Todd Smallie from the Derek Trucks band to fill the guitar spot in support for neo funk artist Laura Reed. Yonrico is planning a tour for Colorado and west coast with his project, The Yonrico Scott Band including Michael as guitarist. Reese recently completed his 6th solo album Spirit Machine, featuring all original compositions. You can also see Michael in Guitar World Magazine [2010 Holiday issue], Super-Vee DVD insert, demoing the new BladeRunner trem system.

Michael's gifts and his creativity have been recognized over and over. In 1995, he was nominated as Best Guitarist of the Year at the prestigious Los Angeles Music Awards for his work on his first solo album, Dragonflyer. Later the same year, he performed in the Tommy Bolin Tribute Concert and was named an Official Fender Endorsee by Fender Musical Instruments, Inc.
In 1996 Michael formed the band F-5 with former Joe Walsh keyboardist Tommy Stephenson and Peter Frampton's former bass player, Stan Sheldon. Their first album, Dodging the Dream Killers, was produced by famed Santana drummer, Michael Shrieve. It was nominated by Jazz Central Station as one of the top ten jazz albums of the year.
During the course of his musical career, he has also formed several bands which have been vehicles for his original compositions. He has opened for such rock luminaries as Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, John Mellencamp, Huey Lewis, Robben Ford, John Mayall, Alice Cooper and Steve Morse, guitarist for the Dixie Dregs and Deep Purple. Michael soon established himself as the finest guitarist ever to come out of Colorado. Before long, he was playing with such legends as Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Mick Fleetwood, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, and Mitch Mitchell, the drummer who Kept the beat for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Michael has done extensive work in the studio. He has played on national commercials, feature film scores, Discovery Channel documentaries, ski movie icon Warren Miller's "Snowriders," and an upcoming IMAX film. His film credits include; For Hire, starring Rob Lowe and Joe Montagna; Bleeders, with Rutger Hauer; and Rainbow, featuring Dan Akroyd and Bob Hoskins. In each of these films he worked with the highly regarded film composer Alan Reeves. Michael Reese and Spirit Machine is the newest project featuring some of Colorado's finest Musicians.

Updated:  August 16, 2011

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