THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE
A Creative Collaboration
THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE
In 2013 LA based saxophonist Mike Breidegam put together a band to perform around the area and initially had a set lineup. However, over time the band went through many configurations to suit the needs of different clientle. So Mike decided to have more of a concept for a band and called in "The Jazz Collective". The groups formed can range anywhere from a duo up to a quintet or larger and have consisted of some of LA's best drummers, bassists, guitarists, vocalists, pianists and more.
The group plays a wide variety of jazz styles, from old school standards by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the electric bebop of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, to more modern pieces by Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.
The Jazz Collective performs all over Los Angeles publicly and for private events, and has played multiple times at the famous Smokehouse restaurant in Burbank.
The group's professionalism, talent and great attitude are a great addition for any event or function.
Mike Breidegam's Bio
Mike Breidegam - Bandleader & Saxophones
Mike is originally from Massachusetts and staring playing saxophone at age 10. Throughout his music journey he has studied bassoon, flute, clarinet, piano, guitar, electric bass, arranging/orchestration and composition. He graduated from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Performance and while there studied with renowned saxophonist Bill Pierce, trombonist/composer Phil Wilson and saxophonist Jim Odgren.
He worked on cruise ships for several years as a musician in the main lounge show band and even served for a while as musical director. Once leaving ships he relocated to Los Angeles, where he performed with a local swing band at all the local swing clubs. That group eventually disbanded so he formed is own jazz group called “The Jazz Collective”. In addition to leading his own jazz group, he has recorded on film and tv scores, composed for films and worked as a freelance music copyist. While in LA Mike has studied film composition with industry veteran orchestrator/composer Jack Smalley and orchestration with bassist/orchestrator/educator Norman Ludwin.