Born and raised in Chicago, guitarist/composer/songwriter Michael Bizar began playing guitar at the age of seven and piano at the age of twelve. During high school, he studied music theory and performed with several bands. Michael later attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied jazz guitar, piano, and composition under the instruction of such great Chicago musicians as Bill Russo, Orbert Davis, and jazz guitar-wizard Frank Dawson. After graduating in 1995, Michael recruited several of Chicago’s finest musicians to form Citrus, a seven-piece band that featured improvisation while playing a hybrid of rock, jazz, and bluegrass. Citrus had a good four-year run of touring and recording. At the age of 26, Michael moved to San Francisco to get a fresh start. Not long thereafter, AJ Croce called for Michael to fly to San Diego and join him on tour. Since then, Michael has been touring and recording with AJ, doing session work, and has played with the likes of Phil Lesh, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Jon Popper, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Jeff Coffin. In March of 2002, Michael started BIZAR BAZAAR, a weekly Tuesday-night event at San Francisco's Boom Boom Room that showcased some of the finest musical talent in the Bay Area. During Bizar Bazaar's two year residency, Michael performed with members of Santana, The Dead, David Grisman Quintet, Ratdog, and Bela Fleck and The Flecktones,. The core Bizar Bazaar band performed all over the Bay Area, played two epic sets at the 2003 High Sierra Music Festival , and became a staple in the San Francisco music scene. In March of 2004, Michael and his wife Gigi moved to Los Angeles, where he just finished recording AJ Croce's new album. In addition to performing with Croce, Michael is composing new music, and doing session work on guitar and piano for television, film and recording artists.