A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Mike Markaverich was a premature baby whose experience in the incubator resulted in his blindness.
Mike began playing a toy piano at age three and took lessons at Perkins School for the Blind where he attended grammar school.
He graduated second in his class from Bishop Guertin High School and studied at Dartmouth College where he became interested in jazz and decided to make music his career.
After attaining a graduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Mike began his professional career on Cape Cod where he worked as a solo performer and in various combo settings in major area nightspots for over ten years.
In November 1988 he moved to Sarasota where he has been a regular member of the local jazz scene.
Mike has also appeared in concert in various venues, appeared on television and radio, given workshops in schools and colleges, teaches jazz piano, and has produced nine of his own recordings.
His 7 CDs can be purchased on line by visiting www.cdbaby.com/all/thejazzcats
where more complete biographical information and all available CDs with audio samples can be found.
contact Mike Markaverich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Frank Baxter - Founder & Host of Piano World...
I had the pleasure of catching Mike live at the Palladium in St. Petersburg, FL. I was so impressed with his style and the obvious joy he gets from playing, I ordered some of his CDs and signed up to take lessons from Mike. Can't wait to get started.
If you get a chance to catch him live, do it.
In the meantime, check out his cds.