"Over many years of saxophone playing, I have tried just about every synthetic reed which has come on to the market. Légère reeds are the only synthetics, which for me, have performed anywhere near what one would expect from a cane reed.” – M. Fauré
Mike Fauré (pronounced 'foray') has been paying saxophone for over five decades. At the age of ten he heard Glen Miller’s “In The Mood” on the radio, and he knew he wanted to pay a horn. In his mid-teens he played trumpet for three years, then switched to sax.
Before moving to Chicagoland, he was based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where he worked with several different blues and R&B bands, including his own corporate band. Besides his work in the US, he spent many years overseas, performing in South Africa, the UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Caribbean, and various African countries.
He has toured extensively, working with soul-man Arthur Coney ("Sweet Soul Mus c"), also with Albert Collins. Janis Ian, Peaches & Herb, Della Reese, Percy Sledge, The Commitments; featuring Andrew Strong, Oscar Tony Junior, Inez Foxx, Buddy Whittington, Dave Millsap, Johnny Clegg, Bakithi Kumalo and many, many others. Along with Dave Millsap, he recently opened for Jimmie Vaughan. During the early years, he co-founded the band Hammak that included drummer Anton Fig of the David Letterman Show. He attended Berklee College of Music in the early seventies.
During his time overseas, the distinctive sound of Mike's saxophone has been heard on hundreds of television and radio commercials, movie and television soundtracks and on other artists' records in just about every genre imaginable. He plays with restraint and taste, his seasoned, warm tone and innately easy style result in the type of sax that most people enjoy hearing. He has had five solo albums on the market and is currently preparing material for a new album.
Mike has always considered himself more of an R&B, rock, blues and soul player, even though his early influences were all mainstream jazz players. Later, it was saxophonists, mainly in the so-called Texas Tenor style, that really grabbed his attention. Then, when King Curtis' sax hit the airwaves, he knew he'd found his niche!