Michael Bond started playing piano when he was 4 years old. By the time he was 6, he was playing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. After competing classically for 7 years, he began studying jazz. He was mentored by artists Stanley Cowell, Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, and Mike LeDonne. Michael was a special recipient of both the Excellence in Jazz Performance Award and the Arthur G. Humphrey award for Music Education while attending Rutgers University. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in both Jazz Performance and Music Education.
Since then, the young pianist has continued to develop a growing audience in both the NYC music scene and around the world. Mike has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists including: the Captain Black Big Band, Conrad Herwig, Joe Ford, Josh Evans, Curtis Lundy, Duane Eubanks, Bruce Williams, Joe Magnarelli, Mark Gross and many others. He has performed at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. He is a featured sideman on guitarist Jean Chaumont’s debut album “The Beauty Of Differences” which received a 4 star review in Downbeat Magazine.
Mike has also conducted and music directed shows for a variety of theater companies including the Mighty Oak Players, Livingston Avenue Theater Company, McCarter Theater's Summer Program, ReThink Theatrical and Pinnworth Productions. He won a state wide NJACT Perry Award in Outstanding Musical Direction in 2017.
Mike is a Community Advisory Board member for the award winning jazz station 88.3 WBGO.
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