Mike Tracy, Musician/Educator
A veritable ambassador of jazz, Michael Tracy has more than 25 years of experience in both performing and teaching jazz. In classrooms, studios, and concert halls, Mike has developed a variety of innovative approaches to jazz education, enabling him to work with music students of any proficiency. He has traveled throughout the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, and Wales as a saxophonist and an educator.
An associate professor and the director of jazz studies at the University of Louisville School of Music, Mike teaches saxophone and is actively involved with student teaching and related areas in the music education department. He also serves as a faculty mentor to both music and non-music students. Mike received U of Ls 2000 Distinguished Faculty Service and 1999 Red Apple awards and a 1996 School of Music Alumni Service Award. He is listed in the 2000 edition of Whos Who in Executives and Professionals.
For more than 20 years, Mike has been a staff member of the renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Clinic, where he teaches combo, jazz theory, and saxophone master classes alongside the worlds leading jazz educators.
Mike has recently completed recording a CD entitled Facets, showcasing the saxophone in a variety of settings, both classical and jazz. All of the selections are by composers with Kentucky ties and are new or previously unrecorded works.
A regional artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Mike is the founder of the Louisville Jazz Workshop and was an artist-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Council from 1980 to 1988.