Roswell Jazz Festival Executive Director

Michael FrancisMichael Francis, Piano – Roswell Jazz Festival Musicians:  Versatile jazz pianist who plays ragtime, solo piano, blues, and Latin jazz!

Michael Francis has led well-known groups that have virtually written the history of jazz in El Paso since the mid-seventies. He has produced a CD featuring music of Cuban composers after a visit to Cuba.

Michael has performed and worked with world-class jazz artists that include Count Basie, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Chick Corea, Maynard Ferguson, Poncho Sanchez, Richie Cole and many, many others

He is passionate about Latin Jazz and a dedicated advocate of student jazz education.

He is executive director of Southwestern Arts Alliance, Inc. and has served as music director of the Roswell Jazz Festival since it began in 2006.