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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"
    Castaways by date
    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan