Michael Peloquin was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, on the far south side of Chicago. He migrated west to San Francisco in 1984.
Michael plays tenor, baritone and alto saxophones plus diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. He also is lead & harmony vocalist as well as an arranger & composer.
He has performed, toured the world and recorded with masters of Blues and R&B such as: Jeff Beck, Albert King, Ernest Ranglin, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Narada Michael Walden, Johnnie Johnson, E.C. Scott, Larry Davis, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, Sy Klopps, Mitch Woods and John Nemeth. These experiences have been an education in American roots music that has helped to form his melting- pot sound, as witnessed on his extensive discography.
The last two decades have found Michael in demand as an R&B horn section arranger and soloist. This led to a renewed interest in his first love; the harmonica. Up until this time Michael could always be found playing harmonica, walking, driving, anywhere. Sadly, somehow this obsession faded over time. A rekindled faith in “The People’s Instrument” was realized upon becoming a featured soloist in the renowned Sy Klopps Blues Band in the Nineties.. The culmination of this renaissance found Michael in Germany, winning the Gold Medal in Hohner’s bi-annual International Harmonica Festival & Competition in 1997.
He has released a CD of original tunes entitled House of Cards on the Globe Records label. It has been described as an intriguing medley of swamp blues and horn drenched funk.
Two new instructional DVD’s, one on harmonica and one on saxophone are planned for release in early 2013 in conjuction with guitarcontrol.com.
Michael is currently freelancing in the Bay Area and touring the world playing R&B, Blues, New Orleans, Country and Big Band music. His website is http://www.harpsax.com.