Michel Navedo's style fuses the jazz tradition of New Orleans and the sounds of Puerto Rico – both places of his heritage. Growing up with such a rich musical background, Michel took to the trumpet at age 9 and has matured to a distinctive, lyrical voice.
Michel has been a principal player in groups ranging in style from Jazz and Afro-Cuban to Hip Hop and Electronic. A featured soloist in big band and symphonic settings, he has shared the stage with such diverse acts as Roy Hargrove, Perry Ferrell, Chucho Valdez, Eugene Chadborn, and De La Soul. Schooled in Jazz, Afro Cuban, and classical trumpeting, his improvisations draw from Jazz and from the great variety of world music he has both studied and performed over the years. Michel currently channels his creative energy into composing, performing, and recording with his vintage Jazz project, the Michel Navedo Quartet. Bringing a highly stylistic and emotive New Orleans vibe to his music, Michel's horn sways and swaggers through a collage of sultry soul, 40's and 50's era Jazz and Blues, and Caribean and Brazilian inspirations. The group's sound transports the listener to a time of jazz's beginnings, when the music was performed to commune in other's joy and suffering, to shake off cares and woes, and to uplift the spirit. The Michel Navedo Quartet is music for the soul. Their most recent album, a tribute to the place of Michel's upbringing, 'New Orleans On My Mind' is a smoky, intimate affair, as evidenced by the eloquent originals, 'New Orleans On My Mind', and 'The Little Prince'. Look for a new full length album from the Michel Navedo Quartet scheduled for release fall of 2011.