Michael Prentky

Boston-based trombonist Michael Prentky takes pride in his musicality, reliability, and professionalism. Michael most actively performs with Tiny Desk-featured Mozambican funk band Kina Zoré. He has performed with jazz groups including the Seajun Kwon Walking Cliché Sextet, Jorrit Dijkstra’s Porch Bone, the Makanda Project, the Henry Godfrey Jazz Orchestra, and Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorer’s Club. Michael has also performed with salsa singers Tito Puente Jr., Los Adolescentes, Frankie Negron, Felix Manuel, Felipe Jorge (Grupo Felix), Jorge Maldonado, Willie Gonzalez, David Pabon, El Montuno Y La Cimorronada, and others.

As an educator, Michael is currently teaching for ZUMIX as a specialist partnering with East Boston Public Schools to develop an instrumental music program for 5th-12th graders. He has taught trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, general music, improvisation, music theory, composition, and arranging.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance on trombone from New England Conservatory while completing their music in education program, and later earned a master’s degree in performance from NEC. He has been a freelance trombonist and educator in Boston for over a decade.