“I'm a pianist, keyboardist, arranger and composer working in the genres of jazz, latin jazz, Cuban, Brazilian, and various American popular styles.”

Michael Eckroth, pianist and keyboardist, is an active performer in New York and worldwide, having performed extensively with musicians such as jazzicons John Scofield, Ron McClure, Eliot Zigmund and Paul McCandless.

 Equally at home in jazz and latin- American music forms, Michael received a grammy nomination for his work on the 2018 Cuban music album Orquesta Akokan, which received rave reviews on outlets such as NPR and France’s FIP. He is also a recipient of a PhD from New York University,  former professor of music at Dartmouth College and a current full-time professor of music at FIU.

 Throughout a varied career which covers musical styles from jazz, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban music, and American and world music in general, Michael has shared the stage with performers with as varied pedigrees as pop icon Sheena Easton and jazz legend Scofield. In an over 15 year stint as a New York-based musician, Michael has performed on local stages everywhere from major jazz clubs like Blue Note, Birdland, and Smalls to larger NYC venues such a Lincoln Center’s summer stage and Joe’s Pub. On the international stage, Michael has performed in venue and festival settings everywhere from theHamburg Elbphilharmonie, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz al Parque and Salsa al Parque in Bogotá, SFJazz, WOMAD festivals in the UK, Australia, and
New Zealand- all over the United States, the Americas and Europe in concer halls, jazz clubs and outdoor events.

Michael is an avid recording artist, writer and arranger who continues to draw accolades for his work in various settings. With several solo albums to his name, he also is called upon as a collaborator who has worked on dozens of
original albums as pianist, keyboardist, or musical director. He currently records as a solo artist or collaboratively for Daptone and Truth Revolution
records. “a modern renaissance musician with the kind of insights into the music that will surprise you.” Raul DaGama, Latin Jazz Network


Projects I’ve worked on.


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