Michael Papillo is a Los Angeles-based band-leader, bassist and musical director.

Michael studied music at UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College and has gone on to pursue a number of musical projects, including acting as musical director for Turner Classic Movies, BodyVox Dance Company and the Portland Opera. Michael has also toured extensively and recorded with artists such as: Pink Martini, 3 Leg Torso, and David Grisman from the Grateful Dead.

Michael tours Europe regularly with his gypsy jazz trio, Shoestring Trio, playing concerts and festivals throughout Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy. While in the US, Michael has weekly residencies in Beverly Hills and is honored to play with some of the best jazz musicians in Los Angeles.