Mike Engle’s music reflects a vibrant gumbo of influences, based on his prodigious roots in New Orleans, blended with his passionate involvement in the jazz culture of Montreal, and seasoned by his recent relocation to New York. Engle began his musical career on piano at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and majored in jazz vibraphone performance at McGill University in Canada. He has studied with Stefon Harris, Arthur Lipner, Tom Beckham, Andre White, and François Stevenson, among others, over the course of his musical career. Affectionately dubbed “Vibratuoso” by his ardent fans early in his career, the tag has stuck among his rapidly growing fan base. Engle is a prolific composer and engaging emcee/performer; he is an avid fan of scores of fine musicians, too numerous to list. Fellow vibraphonist Stefon Harris has said, "Mike's got skills!" In addition to his freelance work, Mike leads The Mike Engle Vibratrio, which focuses on delivering a mixture of updated jazz standards and original compositions. This group has been characterized as a “Bill Evans-esque trio, featuring a spontaneous and interactive threesome, along with a lively four-mallet technique reminiscent of Gary Burton.” Mike has performed at numerous venues in Montreal, several wineries of Long Island, NY, and many clubs in the NYC area.
Original composition by Mike Engle, (c) 2008. Mike Engle, vibes; Colin Edgar, tenor sax; James Colwell, guitar; James Meger, bass; Dan Garmon, drumsDuration: 08:27
A Mike Engle original composition. Recorded 16 October 2010. Mike Engle, vibes; Blake Hawley, guitar; Neil Heaton, piano; Antoine Pelegrin, bass; Guillaume Pilote, drumsDuration: 07:02
A Mike Engle original composition. Recorded 16 October 2010. Same personnel as "Launch."Duration: 09:12
Mike Engle, vibes Steve Marks, bass Diego Voglino, drums 29 Dec 2010, Bordeaux Wine Bar, Rockville Centre, NYDuration: 02:22
"So What?" is a famous Miles Davis composition and a modern jazz standard. This trio arrangement and performance is by vibraphonist Mike Engle, featuring bassist Steven Husted and drummer Vin Scialla. Recorded LIVE at Neir's Tavern and Café, in Woodhaven (Queens), NY, on 7 August 2010.Duration: 08:37
An original and copyrighted composition of mine, as played by my band at the time. 7 October 2008, at Montreal's Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill. If you want to skip over my drummer's emcee-ing, fast-forward to the 1m15s mark.Duration: 09:26
Mike Engle, vibes Steve Marks, bass Diego Voglino, drums 29 Dec 2010Duration: 07:02