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MICHAEL LINGTON WITH THE GERALD VEASLEY BAND (T)

MICHAEL LINGTON WITH THE GERALD VEASLEY BAND (T)

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One of Micheal Lington’s greatest influences is his grandfather Otto Lington, composer, bandleader and violist, who worked with such luminaries as Josephine Baker and Fats Waller. “I can honestly tell you that if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be doing what I am today,” says the inspired musician. “He was my mentor and friend and I love and respected him so much. He was amazing. He is the inspiration behind why I chose to pursue a life in music.” Scandinavia is often voted one of the world’s happiest regions to reside. Although Lington cannot explain why, he does site Denmark’s appreciation of the arts and the government’s support of art and culture as a huge driving force in his life and early beginnings. “There are great grants and opportunities available to anybody who wants to pursue a professional career in the arts. The people also LOVE music and particularly American jazz artists – I know I did.” In fact in the 50s and 60s such iconic jazz artists as Oscar Pettiford, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Kenny Drew, among others settled in Copenhagen. Lington, who became a U.S. citizen in 2008, has performed numerous times for the Danish Royal Family, including the wedding reception of Crown Prince Frederik, the country’s future king. Aside from maintaining his own hectic touring schedule, Lington has toured alongside such starts as Barry Manilow, Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford and Michael Bolton.

When Michael Lington is not touring The Renaissance man is busy running two businesses outside of the music world. In 2006 he launched his own Cigar Company (Michael Lington Cigars) and six years later, he started a wine venture, Lington Wines, when he partnered with Solana cellars in Paso Robles, CA. Never one to rest on his laurels, Lington’s newest venture is the launching of his own signature saxophone mouthpiece. He also stays busy with his numerous adventurous past times including flying and scuba diving. “Everyone needs a release from their daily lives and for me it is no different,” states Lington. “Flying is an amazing thing and once you start it is hard to think about anything else. With scuba diving the experience is one of beauty and tranquility. Water skiing is fun and something I have done my whole life – but it is work !”

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