Born in Seattle, Michael Glynn began playing bass at the age of 11.
Beginning his jazz studies with former Count Basie and Louis
Armstrong bassist Buddy Catlett, Michael starting working
professionally while still a student at Garfield High School, where
he played for four years in that school's renowned jazz band. After
two years in engineering school at Columbia University in New York
City, Michael returned to Seattle where he graduated summa cum laude
in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Jazz
Studies from the University of Washington, where he studied under
Doug Miller and Barry Lieberman.
Moving to Albuquerque in 2006, he quickly established himself as an
integral part of the New Mexico music scene, performing and
recording extensively, and also making time to earn his Master of
Music degree from the University of New Mexico, studying with Mark
Tatum. In 2012 Michael moved to the Palo Alto for a year where
he worked with musicians all around the Bay Area and was on the
faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
In addition to performing with countless local musicians throughout
the Pacific Northwest, California, and New Mexico, Glynn has
performed with jazz legends including Bud Shank, Jon Hendricks,
Bobby Shew, Mark Levine, Dave Grusin, Geoffrey Keezer, Seamus Blake,
Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Benny Green, Gary Smulyan, Don
Lanphere, Conte Candoli, Bob Florence, Doug Lawrence, William
Parker, Kevin Hays, Kim Richmond, Aaron Parks, Madeline Eastman,
Dena DeRose, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Michael has performed
around the United States and in Canada, Switzerland, France, the
Netherlands, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago. On top of his jazz work,
Michael performs in a variety of other genres, including classical
work with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony
Orchestra, Opera Southwest, and Canticum Novum Santa Fe, calypso
with steel drum legend Ray Holman, and a mix of Arabic and Western
music with Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj.
Michael currently resides in Seattle, Washington.