Misha’s a character. It is hard to have a conversation with him without holdingone’s sides after he gets you laughing so hard you can’t stop. Underneath this jocularity lies a warm heart and the soul and technique of a serious jazz pianist. Misha composed the tune Bunker Hill while walking around Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles, which stretches from the Central Library and includes The Music Center, The Colburn School, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Broad Museum.
He wrote Spring Has Sprung in 2013, but I heard it first when Misha performed this tune with Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet at Catalina Bar and Grill a few years ago. As Misha recollected, a melody fragment for Spring Has Sprung came to him while he was improvising over the tune Sweet Lorraine.