The Duo - Mike and Bertye Maddux
With roots in traditional bluegrass music, Mike and Bertye Maddux have been featured in concerts, festivals, and flatpicking guitar workshops around the United States.
A Winfield, Kansas, National Flatpicking Guitar Championship trophy winner, Mike features original instrumentals and songs from bluegrass and flatpicking guitar masters. Some of his original tunes are available on this web site in the audio section, or can be accessed via reverbnation using the icon at the bottom of the page.
With Bertye on bass and vocals this is an exciting, dynamic, and fun duo, that are always a popular addition to any concert and festival venue.
A longtime teacher of flatpicking guitar styles, Mike is the author of the popular column Mastering the Fingerboard , which was featured in nearly every issue of Flatpick Guitar magazine throughout its publication history.
UPCOMING LIVE CONCERT EVENTS
Here is the concert schedule - including the MMJQ and the DUO!
Remember to put these concerts on your calendar!
- CONCERTS IN 2022 SEPTEMBER 2022 1
Pallet On Your Floor
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Original and traditional bluegrass flatpicking guitar, folk, classic rock, jazz.
From his roots in bluegrass music and playing traditional fiddle tunes on guitar Mike continues to keep the tradition alive with these great acts. Featuring traditional bluegrass, fiddle tunes, classic country, humor, and outstanding original material these concerts have something for everyone.
A Winfield, Kansas, National Flatpicking Championship trophy winner, taking third place honors in 1995, his column Mastering the Fingerboard was featured along with the recording of the column on CD in nearly every issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Well known in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West, Mike has played mountain bars, concert halls, and folk festivals in Colorado and around the United States.
Now performing with multiple combinations as a solo, in the Mike and Bertye Maddux duo, with his bluegrass progressive psychojamgrass act the Headliners, and featuring his bebop jazz quartet the MMJQ. Previous acts include the award winning Best in the Rocky Mountain West traditional bluegrass bands Heartland, Full Moon Rising, the Bertye Maddux Band, and the Colorado Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band.
Credits include concert performances with Gary Cook, Steve Kaufman, Pete Wernick, and the current band personnel including with the Headliners Bertye Maddux on bass, old time fiddle national champion Jimmy Christian on fiddle, and with the MMJQ on sax Sam Milazzo, bass John Bryne, Frank Sanchez, or Mike Vunovich, and percussion Bobby McGuffin, Scott Barbier, and John Zurek share the duty.
Mike Maddux Jazz Quartet - MMJQ
Mike began playing jazz at an early age on trumpet and developed a deep respect and love for the music. This quartet features his guitar jazz chops along with saxophone, bass, and drums, for a traditional jazz ensemble that features songs from Charlie Parker (aka Bird), John Coletrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, original jazz and much more.
The MMJQ is featured at least once a month at Cucuru in Colorado Springs - put the last Saturday of the month on your calendar and check the concert schedule below for updates.
Mike Maddux Guitar /Vocals
On the jazz guitar Mike enjoys keeping the mainstream sounds alive.
Sam Milazzo saxophones
Leader and lead alto for the Wednesday night Big Band in the Springs, Sam brings his unique interpretation to the show and always with plenty of humorous insight.
Mike Vunovich on bass
Mike Vunovich is a native of Colorado. He began playing jazz with the MMJQ off and on as early as 2012. After finishing a degree in music he plays regularly with the Pueblo symphony as well as other acts in the area.
Scott Barbier percussion
Long time artist and session player, Scott Barbier is always a welcome addition to the show.