Sunday, February 24th, 2019Michael Lough playing with Sandra Antongiorgi at SPACE!

"F*** Your Hair" Film Screening w/ Sandra Antongiorgi at SPACE. Michael Lough on bass.

ABOUT THE FILM: Latin American brewery owners grapple with the fallout of abandoning a lucrative contract with Donald Trump after hearing his disparaging remarks against Mexican immigrants.

ABOUT SANDRA ANTONGIORGI: Singing and playing guitar from the early age of 5, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi's artistry transcends genre. Her unique sound derives from a marriage of her many cultural influences in Latin, Caribbean, Rumba, Jazz, Rock and Neo-Soul. Antongiorgi has been featured as an opening act for Wynonna Judd at the House of Blues in Chicago, Alfonso Ponticelli at Chicago’s Mayne Stage and Ryley Walker at Thalia Hall. In November of 2016, she was selected as Music Artist-in-Residence at MACLA (Movimiento De Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in San Jose, California, headlining three consecutive concerts.


Michael was honored to have the opportunity to play jazz in the UK in April, 2015 with the Hans Luchs Trio (Gustavo Cortinas Fouillo on drums).

Friday, February 6th, 2015Michael Lough plays bass with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in February, 2015!

Featuring a World Premiere Commission by Daniel Schnyder, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), under the direction of Artistic Director Orbert Davis, presents "The Godfather of Third Stream: Gunther Schuller" February 6, 2015 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Michael Lough on bass.

Friday, October 17th, 2014Michael played with Jesse Charbonier @ the Chicago International Film Festival, October, 2014

Jesse Charbonier has been performing regularly in Chicago’s iconic Drake Hotel, as well as other Chicago land venues. Performing with Adrian Ruiz on Piano and Michael Lough on bass, they perform many selections of the American Song Book, especially those made famous by such iconic vocalists as Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Chet Baker.

Friday, May 16th, 2014Michael played with the Isaiah Spencer group @ Andy's Jazz Club, 5/16/14-5/17/14!

With his edgy style and innovative beats, jazz and blues drummer Isaiah Spencer has carved out a unique reputation in Chicago and on the national and international music stage. The Chicago Tribune’s Music Critic, Howard Reich, has called his sound “propulsive" and “incendiary." Chris Searle, culture writer for the Morning Star has described his playing as “fiery."

Monday, October 21st, 2013Michael played with Sandra Antongiori @ the Chicago International Film Festival, Oct, '13

Michael played with Sandra Antongiori @ the Chicago International Film Festival ( on 10/21/13

Friday, August 30th, 2013Michael played with the Quatuor de Force Quartet at the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival!

Michael played with the Quatuor de Force Quartet (Chris McBride, at the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in August, 2013 (see “Calendar" for more details)

Friday, March 15th, 2013Michael played with the Chi-Town Jazz Festival w/Christopher McBride @ the Green Mill on 3/15/13

Founded in 2010, the Chi-Town Jazz Festival is the jazz community’s annual effort to support hunger relief in Chicago. Music clubs and concert halls donate their venues, musicians in the jazz community donate their talents, and our our organizing, creative and fundraising committees donate their time. We raise financial support from Chicago area businesses, corporations and individuals which is donated to well recognized, established entities including Catholic Charities. This year we will be including Care For Real, an impressive food pantry in Edgewater that has been in operation since 1970.

The dates for this year’s 4th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival are March 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 22. Venues will include Andy’s Jazz Club, Symphony Center, The Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Martyr’s, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, and Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University.

Monday, February 11th, 2013"The Coffee Alley on Taylor Offers Jazz, Pot Pies and Student Perks" - 2/11/13

"The Coffee Alley on Taylor Offers Jazz, Pot Pies and Student Perks" (featuring the Josh Miller Trio (Michael Lough on bass)

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013Recording session for Jimmy Mngwandi

Soundmine Studios/Openmind Records's - Michael Lough participated in the International recording session for Jimmy Mngwandi who will record his part from South Africa (with Jeremy Cunningham, Marquis Hill, Michael Lough, and Joshua Moshier)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012Hyde Park Jazz Festival innovates as it enthralls (Michael Lough plays bass with Greg Ward at the Black Pearl)

"Ward rallied immediately, calling on local drummer Marcus Evans and bassist Michael Lough for his set at Little Black Pearl on East 47th Street."

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012Rose Colella's Jam Session @ The Jazz Showcase (Open Jam: Michael Lough on bass)

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped in to The Showcase last night! 'Twas a fun night indeed, featuring lots of musicians joining us on stage for a song or two, including Jim Cox, Rodney Richardson, Tristan Cooley, Josh Plotner, Peter Schwendener, Michael Lough, Josh Miller, Taylor Moore, Trevor Shandling, Emilie Rose Bishop, Haley Fairman, Steve Hart, Melodie Magnuson, Luke Sagadin, Nadine Smith, Paul Abella, Frankie Palermo, Tim Green, Jack Scott, Vicki Lang, & Robert Rodi

Saturday, March 31st, 2012Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) Orchestra (Michael Lough plays bass in the Orchestra)

Michael was honored to perform at the Auditorium Theater with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) Orchestra (Orbert Davis, Director) in March of '12. CJP celebrated Ella Fitzgerald's 95th Birthday in style, with nearly 1,700 people attending the party at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University! Ella even (virtually) performed with CJP! Click below for a taste of Through Ella's Eyes: A 95th Birthday Celebration!