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Mike Pinto

Mike Pinto

Assistant Professor; Acting Director of Jazz Studies, Music Business
Department of Music

Well-versed in a multitude of styles, Mike Pinto is in demand as a guitarist, composer and arranger in Chicago and internationally. He performs and records regularly with many artists and groups including the Unknown New, Crawl, Auraphone, the Renegades, the Tom Matta Big Band, Mark Colby, and others. He has performed at major festivals and conferences in Italy, France, Germany, England, Malta and Croatia, and has performed with such artists and groups as Jeff Hamilton, Luciana Souza, Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Joel Cummins and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Pinto is also an active composer and arranger with numerous professional and educational commissions to his credit. Pinto holds an undergraduate degree from Elmhurst University and a master’s degree from DePaul University. As an instructor at Elmhurst University, he teaches guitar, improvisation and arranging, and he also directs the Lab Band, the Gretsch Electric Guitar Ensemble, the Electric Guitar Collective, and a jazz combo.

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