MICHAEL (MIKE) CADO (guitarist) is a Toronto musician whose passion for guitar surfaced at the age of nine. His instrumental musical education included stints with highly reputed teachers including Bobby Edwards, Adrian Pellew, and Warren Greig and voice study with acclaimed vocal instructor Bill Vincent. His skilll as a jazz musician were honed at York University where he achieved degrees in both Fine Arts and Education, studying under John Gittens, Phil Dwyer, and Lorne Lofsky.
Cado also studied jazz arranging and composition with Professor David Mott and composer/trombonist Terry Promane before composing the musical score to "Relative Motion," a short, independent film by Maria S. Abbruzzese. More recently, he completed a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition at York University, composing in the modern Jazz Orchestra idiom and is currently (2008) pursuing his PhD in Ethnomusicology in the Jazz Studies program at York. He continues his teaching career, both privately and as a faculty member at York University where he teaches composition, several jazz workshops, guitar, musicianship, and various music education courses.
As a performer, Mike Cado has appeared in a variety of musical settings throughout Toronto for the past several years, acting He has acted as both a leader and sideman at many of the biggest jazz festivals in Ontario and appearing performs regularly on club bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto. He leads the MC & Company musical ensemble, and assembled some of Toronto's finest musicians to form Nimmons & Nine…Now!, a group dedicated to performing the music of Phil Nimmons. He produced a recording with jazz vocalist Sherie Marshall (The Sweetest Sounds) featuring Pat Collins, Guido Basso and various other jazz notables. As host of numerous jazz, blues, and rock jams across the city, he has performed with leading musicians including Al Henderson, Connie Maynard, Don Thompson, Chase Sanborn, Barry Romberg, and Perry White.
Mike Cado directed his Nimmons & Nine…Now! ensemble during a ‘Sound of Toronto Jazz Concert” at the Ontario Science Centre on March 3, 2003.