If you’re a frequent live music attendee in our area, chances are good that you have seen Mike Underwood at the drum set. An extremely versatile and talented percussionist, Mike plays over 300 shows a year with an array of different ensembles – Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B, Soca, Orchestral, Latin, and more. He’s a member of Kyle Megna and The Monsoons, Jazz Orgy, and, if you’ve attended any Avenue show with Steve March-Tormé, Mike is part of the all-star band.
Mike is part of a handful of local musicians working hard to keep jazz alive and cool in the Valley. If you’d like to support the scene, you can find Mike performing at any of these weekly jazz gigs.
Sunday Nights - Fletch’s in Oshkosh 9pm
Tuesday Nights - Cena in Appleton 8pm
Wednesday Nights - Becket’s in Oshkosh 7:30pm
Visit mikeunderwoodmusic.com to learn more.
We figured that a guy like this would be listening to some really interesting music, and Mike didn’t disappoint.
“First off I get really excited about exotic grooves and music from other countries.
“Anitta is a Brazilian singer that I learned about from an Uber driver while on tour in Florida. I can’t get enough of her!"
Anitta “Indecente” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbN7lbjOUho
“In spirit of Uncovered Too and people absolutely killing cover songs and making them their own, here is PJ Morton featuring YEBBA coving a Bee Gees song “How Deep is Your Love.” I dare you to listen to it only once!"
PJ Morton “How Deep is Your Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F9pL06IC8k
I would be remiss to not include Harry Connick Jr., he helped me fall in love with jazz as a little boy. This song says everything about jazz not having to be stuffy, boring or too intellectual.”
Harry Connick Jr. “(I Could Only) Whisper Your Name” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYj6PCTTdic
A girl from Canada who sings jazz in French on a rooftop in Paris? Oui, still vous plait! Emillie-Claire Barlow has become one of my favorite singers of all time. “C’est si Bon”…It’s so good.
Emillie-Claire Barlow “C’est si Bon” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsJb4C8ghV0