Michael Piolet

Major: Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Drums and Percussion

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz Quintet Class of 2013


Michael Piolet, drums, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied drum-set and jazz percussion privately with Steve Rucker and John Yarling. As a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the Frost School of Music, he performed at the Monterey Next Generation Festival in California and the 2011 and 2012 JEN conferences in New Orleans and Louisville.  He was also featured on the Stamps Jazz Quintet’s self-titled debut album on Summit Records. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). Michael Piolet performed in a variety of other jazz groups at Frost, including the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Florida with flautist Nestor Torres and at Festival Miami with saxophonist Dave Liebman, both in 2012.

Along with other members of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, he received coaching from jazz greats Benny Golson, Dave Holland, Carl Allen, Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard and Dave Douglas. They also performed with saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Gary Burton and the Matt Wilson Quartet. The stellar group also performed in 2011 with blues guitarist Buddy Guy at a private event.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, attended Curie Metro High School and joined the Jazz Band under the direction of Tyrone Hines. In his last two years at Curie, Michael was chosen to be in the Thelonious Monk after school program in conjunction with Gallery 37 in downtown Chicago. There, Piolet worked with such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watkins, and Antonio Hart. During his last year of the program, he was chosen to be the drummer for the first ever Thelonious Monk’s All-Star sextet. In this sextet he had the opportunity to play with Antonio Hart at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

As his career matures, Piolet is regularly performing with local pros throughout South Florida and he often returns to Chicago to perform as well. He recently performed in a program sponsored by the Steans Music Institute in Chicago honoring Diane Dorn, with Rufus Reid coaching.

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“Getting to play with saxophone virtuoso Chris Potter was a dream-come-true. To be given that opportunity to play with one of my idols brought tears to my eyes.”--Michael Piolet