Mike Milligan

 Mike has performed with some of the brightest musicians in the jazz and avant-garde world. Such internationally recognized musicians as David Liebman, Chet Baker, Ritchie Beirach, Adam Nussbaum, David Binney, Billy Kilson, Don Thompson, Claude Ranger, Holly Cole and Sonny Greenwich. As part of the house band at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2005 and 2006, Mike performed with many great musicians, including: Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin and Jeff Ballard. With the Shuffle Demons, he toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe. With the trio Life on Mars, he won first prize at an international competition at the renown Vienne Jazz Festival in France. In 1997, he recorded a solo bass Cd entitled Solo Flights. Solo Flights has been well received by jazz fans and critics alike.
At the present time, Mike is a highly sought after bassist and performs with many of Toronto’s finest musicians. He currently leads his own trio with Juno Award Winner David Braid (Piano) and Joel Haynes (Drums).
This spring, Mike was nominated as ‘Jazz Bassist of the Year’ at the 2008 National Jazz Awards.
Mike studied double bass with Dave Holland and George Mraz; attended master classes by Ron Carter, Art Taylor, Chick Corea, Randy Brecker, Billy Higgins, Ed Tate, Dave Holland and many others. Mike studied composition with Roddy Elias. He studied jazz performance at Humber College. Murray Lauder and Lenny Boyd were his bass teachers at Humber.
Mike runs a busy private teaching practice (electric bass, double bass and jazz improvisation) in Toronto. There he has taught (and has very much enjoyed teaching) people from all walks of life – young and old – from professional to amatuer to beginner. (He was even the bass coach for a famous actor! – Emma Stone who played the bass as ‘Amelia’ in the movie ‘The Rocker’). Mike is also currently the principle bass instructor at Crescent school in Toronto.