Michael Hackett is a multifaceted performer who has toured, performed or recorded as a freelance artist with Natalie Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ben Vereen, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, Larry Willis, Sir Roland Hanna, Larry Coryell, Keeter Betts, Steve Novosel, Ron Holloway, Vincent Herring, and many others.
An Oregon native, Mr. Hackett lived for a number of years in New York City where he appeared with many well known jazz organizations including the The Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, The Scott Whittfield Jazz Orchestra, The Toshiko Akioshi Jazz Orchestra, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, as well as pop groups such as Frankie Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jay's, Bobby Caldwell, and LaBamba and the Big Band.
Mr. Hackett has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and is currently a member of the Buselli/Wallrab Jazz Orchestra in Indianapolis. Circles, his first recording as as leader, was released on Summit Records in 2005. Mr. Hackett's playing has also been featured in numerous television and radio commercials as well as in the Hollywood Blockbuster The Aviator as a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. Michael Hackett is an endorsing artist for Conn Vintage One trumpets and flugelhorns and has served as a member of the jazz faculty at Butler University and The Ohio State University.
"Extremely enjoyable and irrefutably potent…hard-hitting jazz……this is jazz music driven by emotive qualities, substantiated by hearty doses of charm, and tenacity. (Vigorously recommended....)" - Glenn Astarita-Jazz Review
"Michael Hackett has clearly paid his dues....... the trumpeter serves notice here that he's a self-possessed interpreter and a composer with a true sense of proportion." -Jay Harvey-The Indianapolis Star
"A fresh and vibrant take on mainstream jazz……his is an engagingly lyrical voice…a start-to-finish inspired effort…first rate and forward-looking straight through!" - Dan McClenaghan-All About Jazz
"Hackett does indeed have a beautiful tone suggesting the clarion and lyrical tone of prime-time Freddie Hubbard…….One can well assume that Hackett's recording future will progress nicely and that we can look forward to his future ventures." - Michael P. Gladstone-All About Jazz
"Michael Hackett's modern jazz sextet offers an exciting performance that sizzles with intensity. Several originals and a few standards provide plenty of room for the kind of ensemble interplay that brings out the best in each artist. The trumpeter's sextet drives with a fierce spirit......Hackett displays a warm, clarion tone that communicates dedication to his audience. What he has to say pours forth with ready acceptance. “Never Let Me Go” ends the program with Hackett's best individual interpretation. He pares the unit down to a quartet for this melodic adventure. For this session ender, he unleashes the kind of heartfelt passion that can only come through decades of serious regard for the music. - Jim Santella - All About Jazz
1997 - Sea Breeze Jazz The Don Junker Big Band - Junk Mail Special
2004 - Summit Records The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East - Live at Birdland
2005 - Summit Records Michael Hackett Circles
2006 - Summit Records The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East - Diamonds for Nat
2006 - Owl Studios The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - Carol of the Bells
2007 - GM Recordings David Baker and The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - Basically Baker
2009 - Owl Studios Mark Buselli with The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - An Old Soul
2010 - Owl Studios The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - Mezzanine