Mike Shannon is a drummer based out of Central California where he maintains a very busy career as a educator, performer and recording artist. Most recently Mike has performed and or recorded with many world class and world renown musicians including: the critically acclaimed Hristo Vitchev Quartet, Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito, Al Jardine (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee) of The Beach Boys, Rick Allen (also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee) of Def Leppard, Tiran Porter (also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee) of the Doobie Brothers, Stanley Jordan, Pat Bianchi, Gary Meek (Dave Weckl Band member), Mike Lent (Barry Manilow guitarist), Brian Charette, Tammy Brown, George Young, Steve Ezzo, Dann Zinn and many many others.
Mike’s playing has also been featured and reviewed in the world’s leading jazz publications and websites including: JazzTimes, Downbeat, JAZZIZ, All About Jazz, E-Jazz News, Critical Jazz, MMJazz (South Korea), The Walker’s Jazz Magazine (Japan), JazzRU (Russia), Jazzuality (Indonesia) and the JazzWeekly.
“Shannon’s agile and precise drumming stands out and it is an essential element in this spiritually rich ensemble!” – JazzTimes
“Mike Shannon plays with such innovation and originality that he is truly a transformative member of this quartet. His soft touch is the finest possible compliment to the group!” – Travis Rogers (JazzTimes)
“Exceptional drummer Mike Shannon’s whispering brushes provide shiver-inducing accompaniment.” – JAZZIZ
“Shannon providing the rolling hillocks of rhythm proves an exceptional addition to the group, responding to and driving his companions in equal measure.” – JAZZIZ
“The quartet’s drummer, Mike Shannon, is brisk and articulate; he moves and repositions the pieces with extreme subtlety and dexterity!” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Drummer Mike Shannon creates a solid rhythmic foundation, enabling textures to flourish. There’s great stylistic congruency, energy and focus among the performers.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ