Originally from Houston, Texas, Mike began studying music formally at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a school renowned for its musical alumni, which includes such luminaries as Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Brian Michael Cox, Eric Harland, Chris Dave, Kendrick Scott, and Beyonce.
After graduating, Mike moved to New York City with a scholarship to attend the New School University. While still working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts, he began garnering the recognition necessary to eventually be called to perform and tour with some of the most venerable names in the Jazz world as well as rising stars firmly en route to establishing their careers.
Mike Moreno is becoming a hot item on the New York jazz scene. His agile guitar playing has attracted the attention of major artists such as Jeff Tain Watts, Greg Osby, and Kenny Garrett...
Mike Moreno is a masterful composer, with a sense of sophistication that belies his age, and an extraodinary improviser...
-Andrew Lienhard, jazzhouston.com
Over the years, they have included The Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Lizz Wright Band, Nicholas Payton Quartet, Stefon Harris Sextet, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Jason Moran, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Gretchen Parlato, Aaron Parks, Claudia Acuna, Greg Osby 4, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jeremy Pelt, John Ellis, Jon Cowherd Mercy Band, Myron Walden, Kenny Garret, Magos Herrera, Yosvany Terry, Ralph Bowen and many more.
Additionally, Mike has recorded with numerous major artists, both inside and outside of the Jazz genre. 3 of these recordings were nominated for a Grammy. In 2010 both Q-Tip's "The Renaissance" and Geoffrey Keezzer's "Aurea" were nominated for Best Album in their categories, as well in 2008 Eldar's "Re-Imagination" received the same nomination in the Jazz Category. Moreno's discography also includes artists such as Bilal, Jeremy Pelt, Robert Glasper, John Ellis, Aaron Parks, Jimmy Greene, Myron Walden, Sam Yahel, Ralph Bowen, Marcus Strickland, Yosvany Terry, Frank Locrasto, Kendrick Scott, Leonardo Cioglia, and Bob Reynolds.
Recognized as one of the leading voices in the new generation of the Jazz guitarists today, Mike has toured extensively and recorded as a leader of his own band, playing his original music to high critical acclaim. As Nate Chinen describes in his 2007 "The Gig" article in JazzTimes, "There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted."
In 2007, Mike released on the World Culture Music label his debut CD "Between The Lines", which Nate Chinen deemed in The New York Times as one of his top 10 Jazz albums of 2007. He recorded his second and third albums, "Third Wish" (2008) and "First In Mind" (2011), for European Jazz label Criss-Cross Records. His most recent album "Another Way" was recently released by World Culture Music in March 2012, making one of the 25 "Best of 2012" Jazz Releases on itunes.