Mike Moreno (born October 8, 1978) is a jazz guitarist and composer from Houston, Texas.
According to an NPR interview in 2008, Moreno's main musical influences include trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and pianist Herbie Hancock, as well as guitarists Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell.
Moreno began his musical training at the age of 15 at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. When he was 18, he moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship. Moreno has since toured and recorded extensively with many prominent musicians in jazz today, including The Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Lizz Wright Band, Nicholas Payton Quartet, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Stefon Harris Sonic Creed, Aaron Parks Quartet, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Greg Osby 4, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff "Tain" Watts Quintet, Kenny Garrett Quintet, and Ravi Coltrane Quartet. He has also recorded and played with mainstream artists such as Bilal and Q-Tip, as well as peers John Ellis, Jeremy Pelt, and Marcus Strickland.
As a bandleader, Moreno has released five records. These include Lotus, released by World Culture Music in December 2015, Another Way, March 2012. and his debut album, Between The Lines, released by World Culture Music in March 2007.
Moreno's other records include First in Mind for Criss Cross Jazz, May 2011 and Third Wish for Criss Cross Jazz, May 2008.
He is currently an Artist in Residence of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito College of Music (Berklee International Network Member) in Ecuador.
In the media
Downbeat Magazine credits Moreno as "One of the most compelling guitarists in jazz today," while the New York Times describes him as "A versatile and increasingly prominent guitarist," who is "drawn to mystery and euphony." Nate Chinen for the JazzTimes writes: "There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted," and in an interview for the same magazine, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny describes Moreno as "a really talented guy who impressed me beyond the notes, for his general feeling, and what he's going for." The JazzTimes describes Moreno's sound as "lyrical," containing "spacious phrasing and luminous tone."
- Between the Lines, (World Culture, 2007)
- Third Wish, (Criss Cross, 2008)
- First in Mind, (Criss Cross, 2011)
- Another Way, (World Culture, 2012)
- Lotus, (World Culture, 2015)
- Bilal 1st Born Second, 2001
- Jeremy Pelt Profile, 2002
- Robert Glasper Trio Mood, 2003
- Jesse Chandler Somewhere: Between, 2003
- Jeremy Pelt Identity, 2005
- Yosvany Terry Metamorphosis, 2005
- Bob Reynolds Can't Wait for Perfect, 2006
- John Ellis By a Thread , 2006
- Frank LoCrasto When Your're There, 2006
- Kendrick Scott Oracle The Source, 2007
- Logan Richardson Cerebral Flow, 2007
- Eldar Re-Imagination, 2007 Grammy Nomination Best Contemporary Jazz Album
- Marcus Strickland Open Reel Deck, 2007
- Jimmy Green Gifts and Givers, 2007
- Gaetano Partipilo The Right Place, 2007
- Jazz Side of the Moon, 2008
- Aaron Parks Invisible Cinema, 2008
- Leonardo Cioglia Contos, 2008
- Q-Tip The Renaissance, 2009 Grammy Nomination Best Rap Album
- Geoffrey Keezer Aurea, 2009 Grammy Nomination Best Latin Jazz Album
- Brian Patneaude Riverview, 2009
- Kendrick Scott Reverence, 2009
- Michael Janisch Purpose Built, 2010
- Myron Walden To Feel, 2010
- Myron Walden What We Share, 2010
- Arne Donadell Reisende, 2011
- Armen Donelian Leap Frog, 2011
- Matteo Sabattini Dawning, 2011
- Jake Saslow Crosby Street, 2011
- John Ellis It's You I Like, 2012
- Matteo Sabattini Metamorpho, 2012
- Ralph Bowen Total Eclipse, 2012
- Stan Killian Evoke, 2013
- Kendrick Scott Conviction, 2013
- Jason Palmer Places, 2013
- John Ellis Mobro, 2014
- Randy Ingram Sky Lift, 2014
- Dayna Stephens Reminiscent, 2014
- Brince Winston Child's Play, 2014
- Kendrick Scott Oracle We Are the Drum, 2015