Michael Kraft

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American bassist and composer Michael Kraft currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany. Originally from Connecticut, Michael got a relatively late start in music. It quickly became obvious that this was his calling, so he pursued a jazz education at the renowned University of North Texas. At UNT, he studied alongside Ari Hoenig and other highly talented musicians. He also attended Middle Tennessee State University, The University of Northern Colorado and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, receiving degrees in Music Business and a Master of Music in Jazz. Notable teachers that were influential in his personal development include Steve Clarke, John Adams, Erik Applegate, Dana Landry and Henrik Mumm, all of whom encouraged his open-minded approach and appreciation of various musical genres.
In 2002 Michael suffered a serious injury to his left hand that kept him away from Upright Bass for nearly a decade. Despite this unfortunate setback, Michael worked hard to overcome it, persevered and forged ahead on his musical journey.
In November 2007, his hard work and dedication paid off. Michael released Latin Journey, his recording debut as leader on the German jazz label Neuklang. Latin Journey received international praise from the Latin Jazz Corner, Germany’s Bass Professor Magazine, The Jazz Intersection and many other industry sources. The CD features Grammy-nominated pianist Dana Landry and Argentinean drummer Daniel Messina and includes compositions from Kraft and Messina.
Michael maintains an active performing and teaching schedule and is currently busy composing and recording new material.

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