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Mike Rud


MIKE RUD (guitar) is a guitarist based in Montreal. He began playing guitar at age 11, and soon became interested in jazz.

In 1988, he completed a performance diploma at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. In 1992, Mike completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Montreal's McGill University. Mike attended the Banff International Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1994, studying with various faculty including Don Thompson and Norma Winstone.  Mike then had the opportunity to study New York with the jazz guitar master Jim Hall in 1995. Soon after, Mike returned to Montreal to complete his Master's degree at McGill.

Mike has performed with Herb Ellis, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, Randy Brecker, Ralph Bowen, Joe LaBarbera, Guido Basso, Ian MacDougal, P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Denzal Sinclaire, and John Stetch.

His first three recordings, Whyte Avenue , Chimbe, and Live from Lotusland, have received critical praise. In 2013, he released Notes on Montreal, which features vocalist Sienna Dahlen along with an eight-piece ensemble including string quartet.

Mike has taught at McGill University, Western Washington University, Vancouver Community College, Grant MacEwan College, Keyano College, Red Deer College, and Carleton University. As well, he has taught at the UBC summer music camp, the Prairielands jazz camp in Regina, SK, and the Grant MacEwan College summer guitar workshop in Edmonton, AB. He has performed throughout Canada, including appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Festival de Jazz de Montréal.


2014 - JUNO award for ‘Vocal Jazz Album of the Year' for Notes on Montreal