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Our new CD is finally out! - August 16, 2015

August 17, 2015 is the day when the shipment of our new CD arrives from the factory!  It has been a long time in the making.  This collection of original tunes has been lovingly crafted, with some of the tunes never having been performed before an audience even once.  We are very proud of this work and hope you enjoy it.  The CD is entitled's clear to me that You Make Everything Better.  It is available through the website, and and will soon be available on iTunes, Amazon, and also can be heard on Spotify and Pandora.  We will be having a CD release party around late October at an Atlanta club the details of which will be forthcoming.  We hope you will buy it and enjoy it!

Our band is available for your special event.  We are selectively available and don't maintain the website calendar so contact us for details.  


'Notes of a Neurosurgeon - Doctor by day, piano man by night. Michael Stechison makes music when he's not using his hands for medicine." - August 18, 2008

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Living Section - August 18, 2008.
"He opened at Lawrenceville's Lil' River Grille with a piano medley from his CD "By Myself, Now and Then" before segueing into a popular Billy Joel tune.
All night and , if his schedule allows, on many weekends as the surgeon brings the fine-fingered dexterity normally reserved for the operating room to the piano bench. But there's no mention of his day job-just intermittent pitches for his CD available online at
It's just as well. There probably aren't many here with brain tumors. If there were, Stechison, a neurosurgeon at Gwinnett Medical Center would come highly recommended.
"If you play the night before operating, your dexterity is enhanced," he said. "It's an incredible digital warm up."
The 52 year old, who jokes he's a mere 25 with the numbers inverted, has been warming up - digitally that is - since he was 5 studying classical piano at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Back then, he said, it seemed every home in the city had a piano.
Both his parents were lovers of music. His father, Walter, a dentis, had a band and a live radio show until the 1940's. Not only did he sing, he played the guitar and the violin.
The elder Stechison passed his love of music on to his youngest son. Instead of kids' play, Michael spent his day honing his musical talent on the piano, the saxophone, the clarinet. He sang in the boys' choir at St. George's College, a private English boys school.
To this day, musch of Stechison's life revolves around music, specifically the piano.
When he isn't removing tumors from a brain or training for a marathon, he's somewhere tickling the ivories, sometimes with son Mike on guitar and daughter Caroling on drums, or here at the Lil' River Grill, where he's a favorite.
He tries to play every day at home, in his hospital office, wherever there is a keyboard.
For Stechison, it's aolmost impossible to be without his instrument.
He has two grand pianos at his home in Atlanta, including his childhood instrument in the basement.
He keeps a keyboard in his office, at his beach house, and sometimes in the back seat of his car.
The only time he recalls music taking a back seat in his life is when he enrolled in medical school at the University of Toronto.
Besides being focused on his studies, Stechison wasn't playing as well as he would've liked, so he turned to painting and drawing.
He got his medical degree in 1981 and, while completing his residency, got a doctor of philosophy in anatomy, a first in the neurosurgery program.
After stints on the faculty of Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh, Stechison left academia.
In 1995 he entered private practice in South Georgia.
He said he didn't care much for that part of the state. "I'm a city guy."
"Except for brief visits to the beach," said Stechison, who grew up in downtown Toronto, "it's very unhealthy for me to be outside the city."
And so in 2004, Stechison returned to his urban roots, moving to Atlanta, where he founded Greater Atlanta Neurosurgery.
Now the Brain and Spine Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center, the practice specializes in surgery.
Stechison practices at both Gwinnett Medical Center and Emory Crawford Long Hospital. And he performs often, about four times a month.
He has played at the 755 Club at Turner Field, the Green Market at Piedmont Park and at Lil' River Grill, where he's been playing for nearly a year.
Todd Johnson, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother Bob, tries to book the surgeon at least once a month.
"He's a great guy," said Johnson. "We enjoy having him and the crowd he brings."
Johnson said that customers find Stechison intriguing because it's unusual to see another side of a doctor.
"They love to come watch him play," he said. "He's an extremely talented guy."

"A Gwinnett doctor harmonizes his career and his love for performing jazz." - May 2, 2008

Vigor Magazine - Summer Issue - 2008
"In addition to his busy calling as a neurosurgeon, Dr. stechison is a jazz pianist and vocalist and performs regularly at the Lil' River Grille in downtown Lawrenceville. Dr. Stechison trained in classical piano at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He practices neurosurgery at both Gwinnett Medical Center and Emory Crawford Long Hospital. "

Premium Wine Opening, and the legendary Hammond sound - December 5, 2007

Greetings. Please try to come to see me at Lil' River Grille this Friday Dec 8. I will be bringing my new Hammond XK-3, a digital emulation that faithfully produces all of the features and sounds of the legendary Hammond B3 organ that produced the classic rock sound we all loved in the 70s and 80s. Also, the owners of the LRG will be opening a jereboam of Caymus Special Reserve and offering it for sale by the half or full glass. Is the glass half empty or half full - you decide! See you Frid Dec 8. We have had some great crowds on past nights. The third set is when anything can happen! See you Friday! If you can't make it I will also be playing Thurs Dec 20 and Sat Dec 29 at the Lil' River Grille in historic downtown Lawrenceville.

Lil" River Grille - October 21, 2007

We had a great time Thursday night at the Lil' River Grille. The place was packed. What a great venue - sophisticated menu and great bar. Thanks to Todd and Bob Johnston for booking me in. There were a lot of fans/supporters from Gwinnett Medical Center and I sure am grateful for the great turnout. Please check me out on one of my four upcoming dates there before the end of this year. See calendar dates for info. Thanks.

Black Tie VIP event at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth - October 8, 2006

On October 5, 2006, GMC-Duluth celebrated its opening with a black tie gala event. Over 700 guests were treated to a tour of this beautiful facility, fine food, and great music. Special thanks to Tony Merritt of Steinway / Piano Outlet for gracious support in providing a beautiful Steinway B for Michael to play (see photo gallery).

CD Release Party - September 4, 2006

We are planning a CD release party in Atlanta this fall. Please watch the website for the venue and time.

Michael will be featured on the CD companion to the February 2007 edition of Jazziz Magazine. - September 4, 2006

In Feb 2007 Michael will have a track on the Jazziz Magazine CD. This issue will be dedicated to Romantic songs. His version of the George and Ira Gershwin classic "Someone to Watch Over Me" will be featured on this CD.

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