Michael Bazan and the 1st Choice Ensembles

Michael Bazan

Michael Fitzgerald

Michael & Maureen

Email Michael: alto1_us@yahoo.comMichael Bazan’s exceptional talent for performing beautiful classical music on his flute and clarinet as well as being a consummate jazz musician on tenor, alto and soprano saxophone have made him on of the most sought-after players and instructors in Chicagoland.

His musical career is immense. Michael has performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, jazz greats Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine, 50’s and 60’s groups such as the Four Tops, Frankie Valley and America’s favorite “old time” entertainers Milton Berle and Bob Hope. Michael is the director for the McHenry City Jazz Band, an 18 peice “Big Band” that performs in McHenry County. He is the clarinetist and alto saxophonist for the latest Veggi-Tale videos. Michael is featured on Maureen Christine’s newest CD “The Very Thought Of You” to be released this September.

Michael currently teaches at Wheaton Conservatory of Music, directing the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and private woodwind students. He is the director of The 1st Choice Orchestra, a chicago dance band. Michael owns and operates Imperial School Of Music, a teaching studio and retail store in Geneva Illinois.

Sound Clips

  •       All the Things You Are
  •       Body and Soul
  •       In the Mood

1st Choice Romance Duo, trio or Jazz Band – for your cocktails/dinner

The 1st Choice Romance Duo is an option of either the instrumental duo of piano and Michael Bazan on flute and saxophone or Maureen and her pianist. Music would include your favorite love songs from both the standard era and pop songs of today. From “Our Love Is Here To Stay” by Cole Porter to “From This Moment On”.

The 1st Choice Romance Trio consists of Maureen, Michael on flute and saxophone and their pianist. Choose your favorite pop love song (like Wind Beneath My Wings), up-beat jazz standards (like In The Mood), romantic standards (like Unforgetable and Someone To Watch Over Me), and Broadway favorites (from musicals such as Phantom Of The Opera).

The 1st Choice Jazz Band can be four to five musicians, with or without the vocals of Maureen Christine, and led by musical director/flautist/saxophonist Michael Bazan. The bass player sings and his vocal repetiore includes everything from Sinatra hits, swing like “Jump, Jive and Wail” to wedding favorites like “My Girl”.

Whether you choose the 1st Choice Romance Duo, Trio or Jazz Band, discover how these talented vocalists and musicians will set the mood by creating a “touch of class” and an air of romance to your special event.