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A native of Denmark, saxophonist Michael Lington is a purveyor of contemporary jazz. The grandson of well-known Danish band leader Otto Lington -- an early proponent of jazz in Scandinavia -- Lington began performing at a young age as a member of the world-renowned Tivoli Boys Guard. His involvement with the prestigious orchestra earned him a musical education which he later pursued at college. After finishing his degree, he ran his own recording studio while touring throughout Europe. Lington moved to Los Angeles in 1990, where -- with the assistance of musician/producer Mark Schulman -- he became heavily involved with the contemporary jazz scene, soon performing regularly with vocalist Bobby Caldwell. His self-titled debut album was released on NuGroove Records.
Michael Lington (born June 11, 1969) is a contemporary jazz saxophonist and recording artist.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Lington relocated to Los Angeles at age 21. He is the grandson of jazz pioneer and Danish composer Otto Lington.
Lington has achieved significant U.S. and international success, releasing seven albums and 12 U.S. radio hits.
It was announced in March 2010 that Lington would perform with pop star Michael Bolton as a special guest on his upcoming world tour. Lington performed his #1 radio hit "You and I" during the show and also was featured on several of Bolton's hits, including "Soul Provider" and "Georgia On My Mind"
Lington's most recent album Pure was released February 14, 2012 by Trippin N' Rhythm distributed by Red/Sony to strong reviews. His previous CD "Heat" reached #4 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Sales Chart. It entered the Billboard Heat Seeker chart at #39 and was named Jazztrax Album of the Year in 2008. Lington's duet with Aaron Neville, "That's When You Save Me", tied as Jazztrax Best Vocal Song of the Year.
You & I, the first single from Heat, went to #2 on the national R&R chart. He was nominated for International Instrumentalist of the Year 2009.
He headlined the Playboy Jazz Festival community event in Los Angeles June 1, 2008 and won over the crowd with his high energy show and serenade of audience members.
Lington performed at the Royal Wedding of Denmark's future King Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary Donaldson at Fredensborg Castle and numerous other times for the Danish royal family.
International Musician Magazine featured Lington on the cover of the November 2008 issue.