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Bio

Michael Hudson-Casanova is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and educator originally from Sterling Heights, MI and currently residing in Chicago. He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Temple University in jazz studies and music education, and has been working professionally in a variety of musical settings since 2010.

Hudson-Casanova has studied saxophone, jazz, and composition under Dick Oatts, Andrew Rathbun, Edward Simon, Ben Schachter and Norman David. He has received numerous awards and scholarships such as the Ramon Zupko Grant and the Judy and Brendan Bailey Jazz Scholarship.

Hudson-Casanova released his debut album as leader, Echoes of Thought, in 2021, which has been praised as “…an exceptional record by a killer band.” He has also released interdisciplinary projects which combine improvisation across music and dance. A 2020 project under the name Crosscurrents Ensemble features another strong Philly-based band playing original compositions.

A consistent educator, Hudson-Casanova has maintained a private studio of instrumentalists of all ages for ten years. He has also guested as a clinician at Mott Community College and several high school programs around the country.