Michael Vlatkovich Quartet

This show is available online here (click on individual tracks at right) and on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery.

Michael Vlatkovich

One of the leading talents in Los Angeles, Michael Vlatkovich is a improvisational trombonist, composer, and arranger.  He has been on the West Coast since 1973 and he is comfortable in various jazz music styles.  He has performed in many places throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.  Michael is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and began studying music in the school band in third grade.  He was awarded a music scholarship to the St. Louis Institute of Music.

Before he started there, he participated in a six week workshop with saxophonist Oliver Nelson and guest soloists, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Roland Hanna, Ron Carter, and Phil Woods.  Vlatkovich has performed with many different singers and instrumentalists such as Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, and many more.  He has also recorded sound tracks for different television and film projects such as The Mask, Jingle All The Way, and The Tempest.

He created Thankyou Records in 1981 to document his creative musical ideas and concepts with himself and other performers.  Many of these recordings have been selected for the lists of ten best jazz recordings.  He has been performing with his own ensembles and co-leading Transvalue with poet Charles Britt.  Besides the Michael Vlatkovich Quartet, Michael also performs with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble and Rob Blakeslee Quartet.

David Mott

As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, David Mott holds the degrees of Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale University School of Music.  He also taught graduate composition at Yale and directed the Yale Jazz Ensemble.  Since 1978, Mott has been an Associate Professor at York University in Toronto.

His earliest works are from 1964 and they include chamber works in a contemporary western art music style, works for both small and large jazz ensembles, and works that show his creative talents with his instrument, the baritone saxophone.  He plays the baritone either by itself, with electroacoustic elements, or collaborating with his colleagues in 40 fingers, a saxophone quartet in Toronto.

Mott is very interested in the sounds of Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan.  Most of his pieces have titles that show an Eastern inspired culture or that relate to the Buddhist approach to music.  He has recorded music on Music Gallery Editions, Opus One Records, Hamagi Records, and Unity Records.

Jonathan Golove


Born in Los Angeles, California, Jonathan Golove is now a resident of Buffalo, New York.  He is a lecturer in the Music Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also has received his Ph.D. in musical composition as a Woodburn Fellow.  His works have been performed in many different locations in North America and in Europe by the Ensemble Court Circuit, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, and The Instrumental Factor. 


He has received many commissions, awards, and grants for his works from organizations such as the European Academy of Music/International Festival of Lyric Art of Aix-en-Provence, VOXNOVA, ASCAP, Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Meet the Composer, and the Darius Milhaud Society.  His composition, Shreds of Evidence, scored for two pianos, electronically processed spoken text, and video was premiered at the North American Music Festival in 1995.  Another version of it was premiered at the June in Buffalo Festival. 


Golove is also a talented cellist after studying with Siegfried Palm and Ronald Leonard.  He was featured as a soloist in Morton Feldman’s Cello and Orchestra in 1997 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has appeared on various recordings improvising with composer and performer Vinny Golia. 


Golove is a founder and co-director of chamber ensembles for the performance of new music such as The Instrumental Factor, Just Like it Sounds, Arc-en-Ciel, and the Three-in-the-Time-of-Two Festival.  He has also performed in many summer music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival, the Rome Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival.  He co-founded the Elisha String Quartet which participated in the 1993 Julliard Quartet Seminar.  He has also performed in the Roycroft Festival and the Cleveland Octet.


Christopher Garcia


Born, raised, and still living in Los Angeles, Garcia has performed in many various musical settings such as Progressive Jazz, Rock, World Music, traditional Mexican music, percussion ensemble, soundtracks, and cartoon music.  His musical growth has come from his studies with Professor John Bergamo, Pandit Tarnath Rao, Swapan Chadhouri and Leonice Shinemann while he attended California Institut of the Arts on a full scholarship. 


In 1979, he was a member of the award winning Cal Arts Percussion Ensemble.  His drum style is unique because it incorporates the standard rhythms with odd time signatures and sonic textures.  He has toured all across the US, Canada, and Asia and has constantly been the drummer in many Vlatkovich ensembles since 1992.  He has also been the drummer in many other ensembles such as Continuum, Quarteto Nuevo, The Michael Vlatkovich Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet and many more.