Born Michael Gregory Jackson in New Haven, Connecticut in 1953, Michael began to play guitar at the age of seven. In his teens he often performed his own material during solo gigs and band appearances. Among Michael’s early influences were Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Son House, Joni Mitchell and Igor Stravinsky. His father exposed him to Wes Montgomery, Mahalia Jackson, Les Paul, Mary Ford, and early George Benson, and Michael's musical destiny began to take shape.

Progressive improvised music composer and trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith, influenced Gregory to look beyond the boundaries of rock, folk and mainstream jazz, and soon Michael was playing avant-garde music with Smith and such other notables as pianist Anthony Davis, saxophonists Julius Hemphill, David Murray and Oliver Lake.

Gregory produced a series of stand out jazz recordings, including "Clarity, Circle, Triangle, Square", "Karmonic Suite", "Gifts" and "Heart and Center". Rolling Stone magazine raved, "By the time (Gregory) was twenty-one he was already one of the most original jazz guitarists to emerge since the Sixties."

Performed and/or Recorded With

Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Nile Rodgers, Julius Hemphill, David Murray, Pheeroan aKLaff, Jack Dejohnette, Bernard Edwards, Jabali Billy Hart, Buster Williams, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Winwood, Walter Becker, Anthony Davis, Anton Fig, Melle Mel, Omar Hakim, Jerome Harris, Eddie Henderson, David Sancious, Marcus Miller, Willie Croes, Elisa Rego, Jerry Marotta, Jay Hoggard, Nona Hendryx, Ed Blackwell, Steve Thorton, Anthony Jackson, Gary Bartz, Tony Thompson, Sammy Figueroa, Marty Ehrlich, Karl Berger, Ingrid Berger, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Baikida Carroll, Vernon Reid, Anthony Braxton and many others.