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Can you believe we're already into February? Yep, it's the month of groundhogs, love, Presidents, Black History and Girl Scout Cookies. I like February 'cause spring's around the corner and I get to celebrate my birthday (Valentine's Day).

New Trio Pics

New pics from the first trio gig just added to the Photo Gallery Page!

Bass Frontiers Magazine Review review of Mike's debut CD "The Diary Of..." appears in Bass Frontiers Magazine this month! Click here to read.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who turned out and packed the Whippoorwill for our first show on Jan 12, 2013! You made it a great success! Pics and video to follow...


The Mike Claiborne Trio (Mike Claiborne, Erik Blue, Andy Hull) is rehearsing for our debut at the famous Whippoorwill in Gallatin, TN on January 12, 2013! Please make plans to attend and bring your friends to this once in a lifetime event! (Hey, we only get one chance to debut, right?)   

Under An Open Heaven Vol. 2

Wess Morgan's new release "Under An Open Heaven Vol. 2" with Mike Claiborne on bass available now!

Wess Morgan's new release "Under An Open Heaven Vol. 2" with Mike Claiborne on bass released! - See more at:

Looking Ahead...

Wow, we're at the end of August! I hope that 2012 has been a productive and happy year for you. It has been a year of accomplishment for some of my goals such as completing my album. In 2011 I didn't even have a website!


High Praise

High Praise is the last tune I composed and recorded for my project “The Diary Of…”.  I think it’s the most advanced compositionally.  At least it’s the longest!

This is a tune that kept growing and being revised over time. It started out with the chords that are over the first “verse”. Em7, Bm7 Dm7, CMaj7. I was playing them on guitar one day and wrote them down in a notebook as I do with all my tunes. First, I sketch out the chords in a notebook, date it, and then start recording and arranging parts in Cubase. Anyway, I had forgotten about it for several months. I rediscovered what I had written down in the notebook and, in early 2011, started playing around with the progression on keyboard. The rest of it came pretty naturally.

A lot of hours went into High Praise, especially programming the drums that I ended up having my good friend Andy Hull replace with live drums. Andy’s drum tracks really took the recording to a new level. There will be other tunes on the CD that feature him.


The Diary Of… is my third single release and the May 2012 Tune of the Month, leading up to my full CD release. This tune is unique in that it is the title cut for my project.

The music I’m releasing at this time was recorded over a span of three years – from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2011. Each tune is like a diary entry for me. I listen to them and can remember what was going on in my life at the time they were written and recorded.

The Diary Of… was written and recorded in 2010, during the middle of the project. It’s a study of minor chords. I suppose it could be on a Jamey Aebersold album. Jamey Aebersold is the jazz educator who made the famous play along albums so many of us aspiring jazz musicians practiced with to try to get our “jazz chops” together. We owe a debt of gratitude to Jamey.


The title for this tune comes from two Christian concepts: God’s grace “…and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” Romans 3:24, and His mercy “…his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning” Lamentations 3:22. They are possibly the greatest gifts we could ever receive so I wanted to celebrate them with a composition.

I came up with the chords to Grace and Mercy sitting at the Wurlitzer, playing around. The inspiration for the bridge comes from the standard Night And Day. I guess it’s my own little tribute to Cole Porter, the great American songwriter from the ‘30s and 40’s.

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