“Michael Pagán Big Band in Concert”

Michael Pagán Big Band in Concert

April 12, 2021 - May 12, 2021 | VIRTUAL EVENT

Past Event

The link for the on-demand concert will be available on this website April 12 through May 12, 2021.

Enjoy a FREE virtual concert with brilliant and intense jazz, recorded in the Polsky Theatre.

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This spring, join the Michael Pagán Big Band for an original concert at your convenience!

Jazz and big band lovers will enjoy works composed and arranged by Michael Pagán, described by allaboutjazz.com as a “musical force in today's jazz world.”

In addition to leader and pianist of the Michael Pagán Big Band, he regularly appears at Kansas City jazz venues with his trio, as a solo pianist and as the duo Pagarazzi with bassist Steve Rigazzi. Pagán was a jazz soloist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and since 2009, has held a Tuesday night solo engagement at Cafe Trio in Kansas City, Missouri.


Burn It Forward
Soloists: Michael Pagán (piano), Jeff Shirley (guitar), Craig Treinen (alto sax)

Erie Ballad
Soloists: Nate Nall (trumpet), Jason Goudeau (trombone)

North of the River
Soloists: Dave Aaberg (trumpet), James Albright (bass)

If You Have to Ask…(You'll Never Know)
Soloists: David Chael (tenor sax), Max Levy (tenor sax)

I Contrafact on You
Soloists: Brett Jackson (baritone sax), Nick Schroeder (trumpet), Michael Pagan (piano)

Pag's Funky Groove
Soloists: Fred Mullholland (flügelhorn), Greg Carroll (vibraphone), Brad Gregory (alto sax), Tom Morgan (drums)


Piano/director – Michael Pagán; Alto sax – Craig Treinen, Brad Gregory; Baritone sax – Brett Jackson; Bass – James Albright; Bass trombone – Paul Roberts; Drums – Tom Morgan; Guitar – Jeff Shirley; Tenor sax – David Chael, Max Levy; Trombone – Steve Dekker, Jason Goudeau, Dave Cooper; Trumpet – Bob Harvey, Nate Nall, Nick Schroeder, Dave Aaberg, Fred Mullholland (and flugelhorn); Vibraphone – Greg Carroll

About Michael Pagán

Michael Pagán has performed for over 40 years throughout the United States and Europe with many notable jazz musicians. He has produced more than 150 compositions and arrangements, mostly in the jazz idiom. He has appeared on 25 CDs as a leader or supporting artist and has received numerous awards for his writing, including First Prize at the New Music for Young Ensembles composer's competition, which included a Carnegie Hall premiere.

Pagán has taught at Ottawa University in Kansas, where he chaired the music department from 2016 to 2019, taught courses and directed BRAVO! (Ottawa University Jazz Singers). Pagán has served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. He has been on the faculties at the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Minnesota and Olivet College. He frequently appears as an adjudicator at jazz festivals and faculty member at summer jazz camps throughout the region. In 2019 and 2020, he was pianist for the Kansas Music Educators Association Jazz Ensemble, which performed his music.

Pagán has been commissioned by the American Jazz Museum, Michigan Music Teachers Association, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, WLS-TV Channel 7 (Chicago) and high schools and colleges across the country. His big band CD “Pag’s Groove” received airplay and critical acclaim in the United States and Europe, earning a five-star review in the “Irish Times of Dublin.” His CD “Three for The Ages” features bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Ray DeMarchi. Learn more at michaelpaganmusic.com.