Michael Francis lives near Lincoln, NM, and has been a versatile jazz pianist and bandleader for 45 years.

Michael has performed and worked with world-class jazz artists that include Count Basie, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Chick Corea, Maynard Ferguson, Poncho Sanchez, Richie Cole and many, many others

He is passionate about Latin Jazz and a dedicated advocate of student jazz education. He is executive director of Southwestern Arts Alliance, Inc. and has served as music director of the Roswell Jazz Festival since it began in 2006.