Trained classically on the piano at the age of 7, Mike DiLorenzo has moved on and explored everything from R&B and Latin to Jazz and Gospel and everything in between, backing up and recording with a wide range of artists in the New York area over the past 2 decades. "While studying classical music, I seemed to be more interested in Santana, Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder at the time. Finally it was Herbie Hancock's Headhunters album which got me hooked, and it was that inspiration which has carried me through with my music eversince."
Early exposure to Hancock led to the discovery of jazz and people like Miles Davis and Jimmy Smith and McCoy Tyner and learning the history of the music.
In addition to his love for jazz, Mike has performed with a wide range of artists including Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston and the grammy-award winning NJ Mass Choir, Gerald Alston, Regina Belle to Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Otis Rush and musicians including Bernard Purdie, Randy Brecker and Will Lee.
Graduating college with a combined music and business degree has enabled Mike to see both sides of the fence. "I've always felt the more resourceful I can be on my own, the less I need to depend on others." This resourcefulness seems to be paying off in his debut recording "Urbanized" as a leader. Combining years of working with both jazz and latin bands to concert performances, this debut release combines these various influences in a cohesive and interactive manner by staying in touch with the sounds that are happening in the streets and incorporating jazz improvisation - yeilding a very listener-friendly contemporary jazz sound. "I'm fortunate enough to be friends with the great musicians who contributed to this project, Frank Valdes, Vinnie Cutro, Bob Malach, Willy Dalton and Karl Latham."
"Just like working with any rhythm section, I decided to stick to my main motto: www.KEEPtheGROOVE.com"