College Faculty:Jazz Arts: Guitar
Originally from Houston, Texas, Mike Moreno began studying music formally at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a school renowned for its musical alumni, which includes such luminaries as Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Kendrick Scott and Eric Harland.
Over the years he has built a name as on of the leading voices on his instrument, touring the world performing with bands led by Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Lizz Wright, Nicholas Payton, Me’Shell N’Degeocello, Jason Moran, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.
With his own projects Moreno has toured and recorded his original music with high critical acclaim. Nate Chinen of the New York Times and Jazztimes Magazine describes “There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted.”
In 2007, Moreno released his debut recording as a leader Between The Lines, which Nate Chinen deemed in The New York Times as one of his top 10 Jazz albums of 2007. He recorded his second and third album, Third Wish (2008), and First In Mind (2011) for iconic European Jazz label Criss-Cross Records. Mike returned to producing his records on his own with World Culture Music for Another Way (2012), which was chosen by iTunes for the Best of 2012 list and Lotus (2016). Moreno’s latest release is 3 for 3 (2018), a trio album which marked a return to Criss Cross Records for his final recording for them.