Mike Cameron is a freelance saxophonist, composer and woodwind instructor based in Tulsa, OK specializing in improvisation that spans many musical genres. He leads and writes original music for the “Mike Cameron Collective” which is an ever changing ensemble of some of Oklahoma’s most exciting musicians and is in demand around the state.
Cameron has performed professionally with Count Basie Orchestra, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bartlesville Symphony, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Signature Symphony, and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He traveled to New York City in 2012 to perform with the Kennedy Center Theater Festival award winning musical “Flipside: The Patti Page Story” playing alto saxophone, flute and clarinet.
As leader of the “Mike Cameron Collective” he performs weekly at Hodges Bend on Monday nights, and Sunday nights at both The East Village Bohemian Pizzeria. The evolving group consists of Scott McQuade, Jared Johnson, Jordan Hehl, Edwin Garcia, Mitch Bell, Justin Walke, Jeremy Thomas, Zac Lee, Annie Ellicott, Olivia Duhon, Michael Bremo and many other instrumentalists and singers in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas.
The group is featured regularly at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Guthrie Green, Fassler Hall, The Colony, Utopia Bar and Grill, and is available for private functions, corporate events and weddings. Recent corporate services have included events for The Boldt Company, Catholic Charities and The American Institute of Architects. As a sideman in Tulsa he performs with Mexican Cartel, Paul Benjamin, Eric Himan, Starlight Jazz Band, and with the progressive rock groups Freakjuice and The Full Flava Kings.
Cameron is a featured soloist on multiple commercial releases including “Head Radio: A Tribute to Radiohead” (ESC Records, Germany, 2012), “American Byways: The Music of Michael Daugherty (Equilibrium Records, US, 2012), “Spinning Plates of Jazz” (Rebecca Ungerman, self produced, 2011) and his two solo albums, “Michael Cameron Quartet” and “Clucky” which he produced and engineered in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
As an active educator Cameron currently teaches jazz improvisation at the University of Tulsa and maintains a private studio of saxophone and clarinet students at all levels. He has served as a clinician at The University of Tulsa Jazz Camp with jazz sensation Eldar Djanjerov, and at many other schools in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He is also a Harwelden Artist where he clinics area public schools on aesthetic concepts to prepare them for heightened experiences while listening to music.
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