Michael Zaporski (piano) creates astonishing music that merges American jazz traditions with a West-African-influenced rhythmic dialogue. Serving as the pianist for the late Detroit saxophonist Sam Sanders, Zaporski traveled to West Africa, playing and teaching jazz through the U.S. State Department. This long-time
Through his own group, FutureVisions, Zaporski has garnered headlining performances at jazz festivals and colleges, and has released several recordings—including one for orchestra, chorus, and jazz quartet—to critical acclaim. While still actively performing with his own group, Zaporski has found a home with the prestigious Planet D Nonet, where he draws upon his vast musical experiences within a large ensemble context.
Whether fronting his own group or playing with the Planet D Nonet, Michael imbues every original composition and jazz-standard with a wealth of sophistication gained through his wide travels and broad musical connections. Combining adrenaline-pumping energy levels with African rhythms and haunting melodies, Zaporski continues the pursuit of excellence and individuality that is the essence of the American jazz tradition.