An original voice with a storied career is making a splash throughout the Pacific Northwest jazz scene, as Michael Winkle continues get crowds on their feet and singing along with delight during each and every performance. With two successful albums of covers and original jazz/swing tunes under his belt and his third release, Under the Influence in production, now is the time to shine for this fixture on the Portland music scene.
Known for his years as lead vocalist and bassist for one of Portland’s premier variety bands, Pressure Point, Winkle has been branching out into the world of jazz for over a decade. While performing with some of the most recognizable musicians in the local scene, he showcases a wonderful singing voice reminiscent of legends such as Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Caldwell, Sam Cook and others.
Under the Influence is targeted at paying homage to Winkle’s diverse musical inspirations, allowing him to continue to explore the sounds and feelings which have played a critical part throughout his musical journey. With a knack for picking the perfect selections for his voice and an appetite for jazz unlike many of his contemporaries, listeners are in for another treat in 2014.
As you spin through Winkle’s diverse musical catalog, expect everything from soothing jazz ballads such as “Why Did I Choose You” to swinging, party-starting jaunts like “We Gotta Get Out of this Place.” The Oregon Jazz Society, among others continues to laude his performances over the past decade at clubs and private parties throughout the area.
“What struck me about Mike Winkle is that – at this juncture in a career that has included forays in and out of various musical genres – he’s a genuinely accomplished jazz vocalist with a voice all his own. He knows how to use it, and has the good sense and good fortune to have surrounded himself with an arranger and a group of players that, together, produce a gorgeous sound!” said Bernie Knaub of the Oregon Jazz Society.
Michael Winkle’s first two albums, This Dance and The Only Dream are both available for purchase through his official website and CD Baby. Find upcoming performances, streaming audio and more on www.michaelwinkle.com. Stay tuned for even more music with Under the Influence around summer 2014.