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Clearly, Mike is one to watch in Canada’s music sphere.
— Terry McElligott, JazzFM 91.1

“…great grooves, a funky, gospelly undercurrent, and great fun… the best kind of unpredictable” (Josh Grossman, Artistic Director, Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival)

“Mike’s extraordinary improvisational intuition and skill sets songs ablaze with virtuosity. His is a rare and infectious gift.” (Steve Bell, Canadian singer-songwriter and JUNO award-winner)

“Pianist Mike Janzen doesn’t play by the jazz handbook – instead he extends his hands and aspirations across the whole of the piano pounding out stride rhythms, miniature Broadway scores, a bit of blues and New Orleans bounce. From a simple triad to a super embellish harmony Janzen pays respect to music in its completeness. His improvisational passages surge with imagination and clarity. It’s always the touch that connects. Janzen is well-schooled in the details – lightness and preciseness are always in play.” (Bill King, jazz pianist)

Praise for Mombacho: “What’s enthralling is Janzen’s writing, woven with wit and inventiveness, and his playing’s sheer exuberance. This felicitous mix of funky chords and deep groove is well worth seeking.” (Geoff Chapman, The WholeNote)

Praise for Reimagining Broadway: “Janzen's brilliant, textural orchestrations… teem with wit and colour.” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press); “a magical evening” (Jeff Dedekker, Regina Leader-Post)

Praise for Try to Remember: “Mike Janzen has, with his trio mates... crafted a Broadway salute, Try to Remember, that is equally distinctive and sublime.” (Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times)

Praise for Nudging Forever: “an aural delight for music fans of all genres.” (Robert White, Arts Connection); “the interplay between the jazz group and the strings is imaginative and fresh. […] The music is simply beautiful throughout, with sensitive jazz rhythms driving this exploration of the universal awareness of the passage of time.” (Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press)

“[Mike Janzen’s] brilliant arrangements never cease to amaze with their intricate, imaginative orchestrations.” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press)

“Mike’s work blows my mind . . . Mike has a real gift for orchestration. I think he’s jaw-droppingly talented.” (Sarah Slean, Canadian singer-songwriter)