Michael Cain began a performing career between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the mid 1980’s, working with flutist and composer James Newton, Las Vegas based jazz vocalist Marlena Shaw, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and drummer Billy Higgins among others. After moving to New York in 1990, Michael became one of the first call pianists working with Jack DeJohnette for nine years, along with Dave Holland, Steps Ahead, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Turrentine, Lauren Hill, Pat Metheny, Charles Neville, Christian McBride, Vernon Reid, Kevin Eubanks, and Meshell N’degeocello.
He has received numerous awards, including a 2006 Grammy nomination for Dance of the Infidel, Meshell N’degeocello’s release on which Michael is pianist and co-arranger. He has recorded several albums as a leader including Circa, a 1996 ECM release, and served as producer for several recordings including Ron Blake’s Shariya, and Brian Landrus’ Traverse and Capsule.
Other Notable projects have included serving as musical director for the Jose Limon Dance Company, scoring the films Maybe and Real With Me, by director Carl Ford for Black Nexxus Films, and composing the music for the Broadway play View from 151st Street, which ran at the George Papp Public Theater in New York in the fall of 2007. Recently, Michael was producer for the Western Canadian recording “Rebirth of the Cool” for Cellar Live Records.
Michael has been an Assistant Professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. He is currently a Professor at Brandon University in Brandon, MB, Canada.
Michael’s latest release is entitled Sola and is available on iTunes and CD Baby.