Michael Lough - Chicago area Bassist (double bass and electric bass)

Contact Information: Michael Lough, 847-951-8178, mlough3@gmail.com


The Early Years ......

Michael grew up in a household that appreciated music. He started playing piano at 6 yrs, then moved onto the Cello briefly before taking up the bass at 12. His early musical years included playing in the Barrington, IL School District Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles throughout his Elementary, Middle, & High School years. During that time, Michael also played with the Schaumburg, IL Youth Orchestra. Michael developed a serious interest in Jazz in middle school studying under David Shore (Schaumburg, IL). During this time, Michael was also honored to attend the Victor Wooten Bass Camp in Tennessee. Victor is a Grammy award winning bassist.

Education ......

Michael graduated from UIC (University of Illinois-Chicago) in December, 2012 (Bachelor of Arts, Performing Arts). He studied under Stewart Miller while at UIC. Stewart is a well known bassist with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (Orbert Davis, Director). Stewart also plays regularly in Chicago jazz venues and festivals.

A defining moment for Michael was freshman year (at UIC) when he found his way to the Sunday night open jam at the Velvet Lounge (on Cermak in Chicago). Fred Anderson (tenor sax) owner of the Velvet, was notoriously generous with his time by supporting young, upcoming jazz musicians. His style of music focused on hard bop, swing, and free jazz. It was there that Michael had the opportunity to jam with, learn from, and develop long lasting friendships with some of Chicago's best Jazz musicians. Also, during this time, Michael was honored to perform at the Auditorium Theater (in March, '12) with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra (directed by Orbert Davis).

Today ......

Michael has been consistently performing in the Chicago area as a bassist and has had the pleasure of playing with well-known and respected musicians such as Fred Anderson, Sandra Antongiorgi, Frank Catalano, Jesse Charbonier, Orbert Davis, Ernest Dawkins, Von Freeman, Scott Hesse, Marquis Hill, Christopher McBride, Nicole Mitchell, & Milton Suggs in venues such as Andy's Jazz Club, the Auditorium Theater, Bandera's, the Caravan, the Drake Hotel, the Elbo Room, the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Katerina's, Room 43, SPACE, Martyr's Schuba's, the Symphony Center, the Underground Wonder Bar, and The Velvet Lounge.

In past years, Michael has been honored to play at the Symphony Center, the Annual Chicago International Film Festival, the Auditorium Theater, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chi Town Jazz Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, as well performing in the UK in April, 2015.

Highlights of Past Festivals/Performances ......

UK tour in April, 2015 with the Hans Luch Trio

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic at the Symphony Center in February, 2015 with Orbert Davis

Annual Chicago International Film Festival, October, 2014 with Jesse Charbonier

Annual Chicago International Film Festival, October, 2013 with Sandra Antongiorgi

Chicago Jazz Festival, August, 2013 with Christopher McBride

Chi Town Jazz Fest @ the Green Mill, March, 2013 with Christopher McBride

Hyde Park Jazz Festival, 2012 with Greg Ward

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic @ the Auditorium Theater, March, 2012 with Orbert Davis

Hyde Park Jazz Festival, 2011, with Kevin Nabors

Genres ......

Avant Garde, Bebop, Funk/Fusion, Jazz Blues, Improvisational Jazz, Latin Soul, Mainstream Jazz, Neo soul, Orchestral Jazz, R&B, Soul, Swing, Third Stream, and World Jazz

Influences ......

Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, and Victor Wooten

Contact ......

Michael Lough, 847-951-8178, mlough3@gmail.com