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Michael Cruse is a dedicated musician teaching private lessons online and in the Atlanta area.
University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies and Music Production
Michael Cruse
Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Drum

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Michael Cruse is a soulful musician taking audiences by storm. As a child Michael was surrounded by music, growing up in a church where most of the musicians were his family members. At a young age, Master Musician Charles Quillings took Michael under his wing, and under his tutelage Michael became infatuated with sound and discovered a strong love for music.

Michael attended The University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music on scholarship for Commercial Music Production & Jazz Performance, studying trumpet, piano, and voice. He now performs across the nation with his group The Michael Cruse Quintet, The Michael Cruse Trio, and other ensembles including The Company Band, Hot Magnolias, and The Cohésion Jazz Ensemble. In 2016 he portrayed NYC-based trumpeter Ernie Royal in the film "Miles Ahead," starring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis. Michael has performed along side the likes of: Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Bootsy Collins, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, John Von Ohlen, Terrence Blanchard, KeKe Wyatt, Mike Phillips, Adrian Crunchfield, Craig Bailey, Kim Pensyl, John Fedchock, Steven Bernstein, Yoron Isreal, Roy HargroveNicholas Payton, Kevin Harris, Johnny O'Neal, Benny Green, Quincy Phillips, Pharezz Whitted, The Cohésion Jazz Ensemble, The Blue Wisp Big Band and many more. With a soulful sound and beautifully composed works, Michael is a standout artist and performer in the Atlanta music scene.

Mr. Cruse has been privately teaching trumpet, piano, voice and drums since 2012, and currently teaches masterclasses to university and high school students. Helping his students to unlock their potential and grow as musicians is tremendously rewarding and brings him great joy. A versatile musician and flexible teacher, Michael is happy to teach in any style or genre that the student wishes to learn. 

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