Michael Lang

Biography by Scott Yanow

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Ubiquitous session pianist began musical life as a respected 1960s jazz up-and-comer, rose again as a 1990s soloist.
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Artist Biography by Scott Yanow

Due to his busy schedule in the studios, Michael Lang did not record his first solo album until 1994, after more than 30 years as a professional pianist. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963, played with Paul Horn (1964-1965), and then moved to Los Angeles and started working in the studios. Lang worked with Stan Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra (1966), Don Ellis (1967), and Tom Scott (1968) and recorded with John Klemmer, Milt Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Konitz, Art Pepper, Sarah Vaughan, and many others, mostly outside of jazz. Mike Lang always played jazz locally on an occasional basis and finally in 1994 came out with his own album, jazz treatments of Henry Mancini songs for Varese Sarabande.