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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal letter of congratulations to Michael.  Click here!

"Miles is Chicago's best kept of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
- Midwest Record



10 LIVE VIDEO CLIPS with some of the world's greatest musicians--Darol Anger on violin, Corky Siegel on harmonica, Erkan Ogur of Turkey and many more. 



New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)


CD's On Sale




Concert Artist

" a musician's paradise, the viral videos would be artists like Michael J. Miles playing his banjo." 
         - Lyn Bremer, WXRT Chicago

Michael J. Miles concerts are as electrifying as they are illuminating--whether he stands alone on stage or with a full orchestra behind him. 


A virtuosic banjo player and an equally skilled guitarist with a beautiful singing voice and a charming stage presence, Michael creates a kaleidoscope of swirling musical textures that have surprised and delighted audiences on three continents for decades.


Many concerts feature Michael playing highly unusual instruments like his 1855 Ashborn fretless instrument that links a soulful 19th century banjo to 20th century blues, as well as the ancient hajuj from Morocco, one of the grand elders of the banjo. 

Whatever the instrument, Michael's artistry and the music he produces consistently transcend expectations and genre.


Think you know what banjo sounds like? Listen to  "Sway" by the Rolling Stones on an 1855 Ashborn Banjo.

Michael J. Miles is also known as the consummate collaborator—ever pushing the boundaries of what is possible, both in his hometown Chicago and across the world—from banjo & with just bongo drums only--to full orchestra and every combination in between, including jazz choir.    

"And what an ensemble it was: string quartet, jazz trumpeter, two vocalists and a sleek little rhythm section. With this kind of support, the humble banjo could make the walls of Jericho fall." 

         - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune


Classical legends, folk legends, jazz legends have applauded and encouraged Michael's work.  

“Thanks for including Take Five.” 
     - Dave Brubeck

“Most beautiful I’ve heard. This is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”     - Pete Seeger

"Thanks for the music you make.
   - Yo-Yo Ma

Miles performs his composition "Guaracha."

Miles performs JS Bach's composition "Sleepers Awake," with vibes, bass, & vocals.

Miles performs his composition "Melodious Pich."

Miles performs Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby."