Personal BioI’m Michael Incavo, aka jazzmike. I’m a multi-instrumentalist who has been making acoustic and electronic music since 1998, when I began studying piano at the age of five.
I grew up within the classical and jazz idioms and later attended the University of North Texas and Baylor University.
While at Baylor, I played lead tenor sax in the top jazz ensemble alongside the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors and the New York Voices. I studied jazz with Alex Parker, composition with Scott McAllister and electronic music with Ben Johansen.
On the classical side, I had the distinct pleasure of learning from and performing in concert for renowned composer Michael Colgrass as a featured soloist with the renowned Baylor Wind Ensemble. The piece was Urban Requiem, written for four saxophones and wind orchestra. I also performed at the 2017 Baylor President’s Concert as a featured soloist with the Baylor Concert Choir at the Eisemann Center in Dallas.
I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a music concentration. After moving from Central Texas back to northern Houston, I began playing jazz gigs at local hotels and clubs.
SurfacesWhile I was working on coursework in the Crouch Music Library at Baylor University, a fellow student at a nearby workstation turned to me and asked if I knew about an artist named Tycho.
That student was Forrest Frank, and that’s how we first met.
In 2017, I made my first contribution to a Surfaces project. Ever since, Forrest and Colin Padalecki have been kind enough to bring me on tour across the country. I play sax and keyboards.
I’ve also contributed to their recorded work including early tracks such as Be Alright and Loving, later works like Someday, Outside Interlude and Beautiful Day, as well as the YouTube trending hit Sunday Best and the newly released Keep It Gold.
While on our first tour, the guys began to affectionately refer to me on stage as “Jazz Mike.” When we hit Philly, the audience started chanting it and I knew it was time to make it official.
CollabSWhile I’ve made plenty of music myself, I’ve always been fueled by collaborations with others.
Thanks to the internet, I now collaborate with artists from my home studio in The Woodlands, TX.
Past projects (aside from Surfaces) include:
- Why Not Me - a track from Forrest Frank’s solo project
- Dance in the Living Room - a project with Forrest, NVTHN, Ok2222 and Park Bird
- Phased - a project with Miss Dri and producer Ilan
- and forthcoming work from old and new friends!
INFLUENCESMy biggest musical influences are Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, and The Rippingtons feat. Russ Freeman. I’ve also grown up on Gerald Albright, Michael Lington, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot and Rick Braun, Steve Cole and Brian Simpson.
These days, I listen to the influences above and Dirty Loops, Alex Han, Mark Lettieri, Parachute, Lawrence, Louis Cole and KNOWER, Steely Dan, Televisor, Polyphia, Marcus Miller, Lemaitre, The Night Game, The 1975, Kenny Loggins, Paul Simon, Dave Weckl, Charlie Puth, Stephen Puth, Ariana Grande, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Ozone Squeeze, George Benson, the Carl Winther Trio, The Books, ambiq, Huey Lewis and The News, Owl City, Valeriy Stepanov, Danny Kusz, Snarky Puppy, Greg Manning, Tycho, Public Library Commute, Forenn and more.
CompositionI’ve been writing music for nearly as long as I’ve been making it. Some notable projects include:
Forthcoming solo work
Continuum: composed and premiered a convention-bending jazz ensemble piece with the Baylor University Jazz Ensemble
American Sci-Fi: a scoring project for an independent film
Electronic Music coursework: fused electronic and acoustic elements in modern compositions at Baylor
Soundcloud: unique musical works, jam-packed with ideas and cool sounds.
Lithium Audio Works: stock music licensed through major distributors at retail and leisure locations around the globe