Michael is the founder, composer and keyboardist of the AS-IS Ensemble. This highly excitable, alt-jazz group has performed at such venues as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the New York City Winter Jazz Festivals along with being the former house band at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in NYC.
Since the release of their last CD, "Turned On Turned Up" in 2009, Michael Bellar and the AS-IS Ensemble have played over 160 shows, "...turning heads and blowing minds across the country." Vermont 7 Days. Their latest CD, "Oh No Oh Wow," draws from over two hours of newly recorded music and includes both originals by Michael Bellar and completely re-worked covers from artists as varied as Fleet Foxes, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and Bob Marley.
When & Where
B.B. King Blues Club
Conveniently located in the heart of Times Square near Penn Station and Port Authority, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers music fans a unique experience. Owned by the Bensusan Family, proprietors of the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club, the club features world-class musical talent and consists of two distinct spaces: the Showcase Room & Lucille’s Grill.
The breathtaking main space is classical in form and spirit: two-tiered, horseshoe-shaped seating (booths & tables) centered around a 30-foot stage presents up close and personal views of all performances. The 40-foot bar is a haven for the reserved listener. The atmosphere is enhanced with two 8-foot big video screens on either side of the stage.