. . . when you're making good music! And Michael has made a lot of good music! Now he's celebrating 50 YEARS as an Austin musician.
A freelance trombone player and entrepreneur, Michael opened the doors of BBA/Management and Booking in 1973. What started as a business card with a name he grabbed from the title of his freshly framed diploma, and a red phone on a desk in tiny S. Austin apartment, has grown into a company that buys talent nationwide for two successful venue chains as well as contracting musicians for Bass Concert Hall, the Paramount Theatre, ACL Live, Riverbend Church and others. He is the talent buyer for the world renowned jazz club, the Elephant Room, where he continues his famous Monday Night Jazz Jam - a jam he has hosted for 30+ years.
He owns Fable Records, one of the oldest independent record labels in Texas - 43 years - specializing exclusively in Austin original music by award winning composers and songwriters.
As a trombone player, he celebrates a 40 year membership in the Legendary Beto y los Fairlanes, as well as having the honor of performing with Count Basie drummer, Butch Miles, Tribal Tech’s Kirk Covington and critically acclaimed jazz composer John Mills. He has recorded and performed with Maynard Ferguson, Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Ray Benson, Eliza Gilkyson and many others.
While still in high school in Denton, Texas, Mordecai was called up to fill a chair in the 2nd Lab Band at North Texas State (now UNT) and upon his high school graduation was offered a full music scholarship there. He passed on it, however, and chose instead to follow his older brother to Austin and major in business at the University of Texas where he joined the UT Jazz Ensemble. It was here he formed many cherished friendships and collaborations that fostered a number of the influential local bands who became mainstays of the Austin music scene throughout the 70s and 80s. Bands morphed into other bands, musicians evolved in their careers and the collaborative spirit continues making music with old friends in new ways, such as John Mills Time Ten while creating new ties with artists like Matt Wilson and Dave Madden. He's had the joy of working with artists like the Brew, Native Sun, Jazzaholics, Bad Mutha Goose, Kat Edmonson, Tomas Ramirez, Dan Del Santo, Mr. Fabulous (aka Dino Lee), Kris Kimura and so many other Austin staples.
Mordecai has served on the City of Austin Music Commission, the Austin Musician’s Union board, The Texas Music Association and was a founding board member of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. He has appeared both as a guest artist and as a guest speaker for colleges around the state including the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University, Texas State University and The University of North Texas. He has taught music business courses and seminars at Austin Community College, Texas State University and MediaTech Institute in Austin.
Now in his 50th year as an Austin musician, Mordecai is grateful for being a part of such a close knit, supportive community who’s truly unique history has grown with such heart, such soul and continues to expand in talent, diversity and individuality. He’s looking forward to continuing the journey into the next 50 years.