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Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.

Michael Philip Mossman

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A fine hard bop trumpeter with a wide range, Michael Mossman has proven to be an asset to many swinging sessions.

Trumpeter, trombonist and composer Michael Philip Mossman has been active on the international scene since the age of 17. Mr. Mossman has performed and recorded with his own groups and with bands led by a virtual who's who of the music industry. He currently is lead trumpeter with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Michael's solo album, the Orisha Suite, was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Michael is also featured as lead trumpet and arranger on the Grammy nominated album, Un Noche Inolvidable by the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Earlier releases by Michael Mossman were Mama Soho and Springdance. Both feature Michael's much sought after work as composer/arranger in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz. Michael has published music with the Hal Leonard Corp., Three-two Music, Really Good Music, and his own Ryamos Music Co.

Following stints as lead trumpet with the Machito Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Michael became the musical director of Blue Note Record's "young lion" group, Out of the Blue. He recorded four albums for Blue Note with this group before disbanding to join the Horace Silver Quintet.

In addition to Horace's group, Michael has toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McKoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Steve Turre, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Tom Pierson, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra, Benny Carter, the Gil Evans Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Michael has also been a key performer in Latin Jazz since his days with Machito. Mr. Mossman has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O'Farrill, Ray Barretto, Daniel Ponce, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Paquito D'Rivera, Bebo Valdez and Michel Camilo (including a screen appearance in the motion picture Two Much). Michael is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary on contemporary Latin Jazz Calle 54 as both performer and commentator. He also served as staff arranger and trumpet soloist for the legendary innovator of salsa, Mario Bauza and his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Mossman has composed and arranged scores for Joe Henderson's Grammy winning Big Band album, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nation Orchestra, the UMO Orchestra of Finland, the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, Germany, the WDR of Cologne, Germany, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Andalucia Latin Jazz Big Band, the Heineken Jazz Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico, the Granada Big band, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Ray Barretto's New World Spirit. Michael has also arranged music for the film Bossa Nova.

Michael Mossman has performed classical and contemporary classical pieces with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Naumburg Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Composer's Guild, the Garden State Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, and the contemporary classical ensemble Secret Cosmos. He has recorded the Daniel Schnyder Trumpet Sonata on the Koch Schwann label and has recorded two solo classical albums for MM1.

Michael has held positions on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University, The New School for Social Research, Bloomfield College, Manhattanville College, and the New Jersey Summer Arts Institute. Michael is currently Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.