Trumpeter and composer Michael Irwin grew up in New York City. Inspired by the sounds he heard throughout his youth he studied Jazz at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase where was the student of trumpet legend Jon Faddis.
Since graduating Michael has made contributions to albums by artists as diverse as The Chieftains, Vampire Weekend, Brazilian Girls, The Budos Band, and TV on the Radio. Michael has become a presence on the vibrant New York Jazz and new music scene playing in ensembles led by artists like Kenny Wollesen, Federico Ughi and David White. He plays regularly with Orlando Marin and His Orchestra playing traditional Mambo from the golden era. Michael also leads the Highline Jazz Quartet, a group exploring the American songbook and Jazz canon, as well as The Brooklyn Bears, a trio that plays original and improvised compositions. Michael's musical interests have led to fruitful collaborations and international tours with singer songwriters like Elvis Perkins and Jocie Adams as well as with bands including The Walkmen, The Low Anthem, and The Woes. Michael loves to teach and has co-led jazz and improvisation workshops in Talkeetna, Alaska through a grant from Chamber Music America. Michael maintains a teaching studio near his home in Brooklyn.