Michael Glaser

A first-call drummer in the Birmingham music community, Michael Glaser has for many years been an integral part of some of the city’s finest sounds. He is known for laying the beat in the right place at the right time, bringing clarity and lift to the music, and you can hear him do just that in a wide variety of settings: Mingusphere, Downright, The White Oaks, Blue Galaxy String Project, Meteorite, The Chad Fisher Group, Bo Butler & the Niceboys, The Birmingham Seven - from jazz to rock to country to etc., Michael can claim membership in all these great Birmingham bands. He has done sideman work with nationally-known artists like John P. Strohm (Blake Babies, Lemonheads), Johnny O’Neal (Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton), and Ron McCurdy (The Langston Hughes Project). Michael’s own Reputable Quintet pays tribute to some of his favorite jazz sounds and composers / performers, like Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, and Horace Silver. Michael holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Davidson College and teaches drumset lessons in the UAB Jazz program, and in his role as an instructor to drummers of all ages in the Birmingham area, he enjoys finding out what makes the music fun for his students, as well as helping them build a foundation that will help them no matter what musical or creative direction they pursue.