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This Nigerian-born drum powerhouse is barely 20, but he’s already played with many legends including Roy Hargrove, Gerald Clayton, Van Morrison, and Keyon Harrold, as well as with innovators like Theo Croker.
His exotic original compositions and complex global style reflect influences ranging from Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, and Charlie, to cross-genre icons like JDilla, Jimi Hendrix, and Marvin Gaye.
On Friday and Sunday he features the fabulous Natalie John on vocals and horn, and on Saturday Oakland’s soul & jazz vocalist Lilan Kane joins the ensemble. Michael’s band features John Palowitch (sax), Michael Orenstein and Nick Lamb (piano and keys) and Giulio Xavier (bass).