About

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Mike is an in-demand side-man on the London Jazz scene, performing and recording with Phil Meadows’ Beware of the Bear, Martin Speake’s Charukesi, and Ronan Perrett’s Twospeak. He also leads the Mike De Souza Trio which whom he released his 3-track EP ‘Road Fork’ in December 2018, and will be releasing his debut Album ‘Slow Burn’ in October 2019, featuring Jay Davis (Drums), and Huw V Williams (Bass).

In 2016 Mike was selected to perform with world renowned Jazz Trumpet player Terence Blanchard, as part of the Inner City Ensemble on a four day tour of the north of England which included a sold-out performance at Band on the Wall.

Mike also co-leads the band Big Bad Wolf along with Owen Dawson (Vocals/Synth) and Jay Davis (Drums), who together released their debut album Pond Life (which also featured guitarist Rob Luft) to critical acclaim in 2017, ‘One of the best albums I’ve heard this year’ – Mike Flynn (Jazzwise).

Mike has studied Jazz at both Leeds College of Music and Royal Academy of Music respectively and has studied Guitar with many great teachers including Phil Robson, John Parricelli, Mike Outram, Mike Walker, and Gilad Hekselman.