Mike Fauré  
- SAXOPHONE

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                                                                        BIOGRAPHY  
Mike Fauré has made numerous appearances over the years: in the United States, Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa.
For many years he was a prominent fixture in the Dallas/Fort Worth area playing with Texas blues and R&B bands and with his own band doing corporate work.
He is now based in the Chicago area where he is active with several bands. 

During his career, he has performed with Arthur Conley, Albert Collins, Janis Ian, Peaches & Herb, The Commitments, Oscar Tony Junior,
Della Reese, Buddy Whittington and many others. During the early years he co-founded the band HAMMAK which included
drummer Anton Fig of the "Late Show with David Letterman". He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the seventies.
He plays with taste and restraint and his warm and seasoned tone and naturally easy style result in the kind of sax that just about everyone enjoys hearing. 
He is in demand both as a sideman in various bands and also as a solo performer.

Besides his live work, the distinctive sound of Mike's saxophone has been heard on countless television and radio commercials, movie and television
soundtracks and on other artistes' records in just about every genre imaginable. He has had three albums on the market in his own name, including the
most recent release, Southern Sunrise. Previous albums are Voice of the Wind and the EMI release, Mike Fauré - Sax. The title track, "Southern Sunrise",
reached #1 on the Radio Metro charts.

Mike has always considered himself more of an R&B, rock, blues, soul player, even though all his early influences were mainstream jazz players, (the
first record he ever bought was Miles Davis' 
"Changes"). Later, it was players mainly in the so-called Texas Tenor style that really grabbed his
attention; players like Stanley Turrentine, Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Plas Johnson, Boots Randolph, The Mar-keys,
Bill Dogget and others were major influences. Then when King Curtis' sax style hit the airwaves, he knew he'd found his niche!


While in South Africa he put together the popular bands Soul Purpose, Steam Machine, Brass Tacks and the Texas Tenor Soul Packet. Besides playing club
dates and concerts, the bands were kept extremely busy by the large international companies for corporate work. They also performed at major events as
diverse as the Miss World Pageants and the Rugby World Cup Final.

The early years:
At the age of ten Mike heard Glen Miller's "In The Mood" on the radio, and he knew he wanted to play a horn. In his mid-teens he played trumpet
for three years, later switching to the sax. Soon, he started working with a number of bands, playing a variety of music styles.
After a few years of playing semi-pro, his professional career started in the Cape with the region's premier band at the time, the Ronnie Singer Sound, working
seven nights a week at the Navigator's Den. 
That band provided a fertile apprenticeship, in that the broad repertoire was a very mixed bag combining pop
and rock tunes of the day, mixed with jazz standards along with some of the early blues-inspired fusion music coming out of Britain at the time.
This solid local grounding launched a career which has gone on to encompass a lifetime of recording and TV work, sessions and gigs worldwide, highlighted 
by associations with some of the international greats of the music industry.

(See the MUSIC page for full details)