Christmas with Michael Le Van
Michael le Van, a Southern California native and comes from a musical family which includes his father and mother and 3 brothers. Michael began his career at the age of nine and has devoted his life to the study and love of music. A graduate of Lowell High School in Whittier, California, Michael went on to graduate California State University of Fullerton 1983 with a BA in Music and Performance under the tutelage of classical instructor, Earl Voorhis. With the duality of his classical foundation and intense study in the field of jazz, he formed the Mike Le Van Trio in 1996 featuring Jotty Johnson on bass and Evan Stone on drums. Evan left the group to perform with John Tesh and drummer Dustin Haner has been with Michael for the past four years. Over the past 20 years, Michael has become well known in the Southern California area. His performances have included many fine clubs, restaurants and hotels including, The Ritz Carlton Hotels in Newport Beach and Laguna; The Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach; and the Marriott Hotel. Premiere jazz venues include Catalina Bar and Grill, in Hollywood; Spaghettini's, Seal Beach; Kikuya's, Huntington Beach; Steamers Jazz Club, Fullerton; The Cat and The Custard Cup, La Habra and The Mission Inn, Riverside. The Trio has also performed at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants trade show) in Los Angeles for two years. Michael has also performed with jazz talents Barbara Morrison, Karen Gallinger, Monty Budwig, Gary Foster, Paul Kriebech, Kevin Tullius and Darek Oles. Veering from the usual, Michael is bringing to you this intimate and mellow presentation of Christmas favorites, with the Le Van touch.