Mike Thornton blends traditional classic jazz standards with a passion for performing works by live, contemporary composers. Mike is following the footsteps of giants of vocal jazz by interpreting a new generation of jazz artists. Performing on stages across the U.S. over his career, Mike has dedicated his life to being an ever-evolving musician. Mike is a vocalist, musical director, actor, nationally-known political satirist, director and producer. Before launching his professional career as a singer (and actor), Homicide, Life On The Street (Excerpt courtesy of NBC), he attended Hartt School of Music, where he studied voice and music education and had the opportunity to study with the great Jackie McLean.
During his days in NYC, Mike’s Jazz Quartet played clubs like the 55 Bar, Arthur’s Tavern, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Garage, Red Blazer, Augie’s, and Torch.
In the Washington D.C. area since 1995, Mike’s Jazz Collective has appeared in Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, State Theatre, Jammin’ Java, the Ice House Cafe, Bangkok Blues, among many others venues, as well as at outdoor concerts throughout the DC region.