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  • Mike Galisatus (2017)
    Growing up in Daly City, the first instrument in which Mike Galisatus expressed an interest was the drums, but his mother "discouraged" him. But when he asked about trumpet, she agreed—it turns out she was a big Harry James fan.

    Mike well remembers the excitement of hearing as a teenager such greats as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson and San Francisco's Keystone Korner.

    Mike was a long-time member of Pete Escovedo's orchestra, but his first love has always been big band music in the vein of Count Basie. To that end he continues to perform with his own big band at Angelica's in Redwood City, typically on the last Sunday of the month.

    Mike is the recipient of just about every teaching award in California, and is much in demand as an adjudicator. Currently, he's Director of Bands here at the College of San Mateo, directing both the college big bands and wind ensembles, and just this year he's started directing the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, too.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ray Charles with the Count Basie Orchestra Ray Sings, Basie Swings Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' Concord
    # 2 Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison Ben and Sweets Did You Call Her Today? Columbia
    # 3 Count Basie Basie Straight Ahead Magic Flea GRP/Verve
    # 4 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 70th Birthday Concert Black Butterfly Blue Note
    # 5 Freddie Hubbard Red Clay Suite Sioux CTI
    # 6 Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society Radio Song Concord/Heads Up
    # 7 Steely Dan Aja Aja MCA
    Book Harry Michael Galisatus, "Simple Versus"
    Luxury Item "My horn"
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun