“[Misnomer’s] music is as exciting as it is uncategorizable. The nine-piece, horn-centric outfit blends jazz fusion, deep funk, instrumental hip hop, and modern classical to create an intoxicating sound that’s unlike anything else in town.”
— Flagpole Magazine
Michael Meo (trumpet) is an active teacher and performer in the Atlanta and Athens area. Currently, Michael is requested as a trumpet player and teacher across genres. He has worked with groups such as Band of Horses, Georgia Brass Band, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, Orquestra MaCuba, Emerald Empire, East Coast Entertainment Bands, and Futurebirds. In 2017, Michael graduated with degrees in music and business from the University of Georgia, where he studied with Phil Smith, Brandon Craswell, and Dave D'Angelo. He was featured as a soloist with the university’s premiere wind ensemble, brass band, and jazz band in concert over 15 times, including the Hodgson Wind Ensemble’s tour across Panama. In addition to serving as principal with the Hodgson Wind Ensemble and the UGA Symphony Orchestra, he has performed as principal/lead trumpet for 3 orchestral festivals across 4 different countries. For 2 seasons he has also acted as the trumpet teaching fellow for Sewanee Summer Music Festival in conjunction with its highly esteemed brass faculty, including Pete Bond of the Met Opera.
Josh Klein (trumpet) studied music at the University of Georgia, receiving his Bachelor’s in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies. Outside of Misnomer, Josh is also a member of jazz sextet Play On Six and the Side Hustle Dance Band. He has also performed with local staples of Athens such as Partials and Universal Sigh, as well as popular touring acts like Frank Turner and Arkells. Some of Josh’s most notable musical inspirations include Béla Fleck, Gregory Porter, Moonchild, Ásgeir, Krishna Das, and House of Waters. Outside of music, Josh practices Yoga with his wife, Haley, who together seek to spread Yogic philosophy to the community through meditation, mindfulness, and a plant-based diet.
José Moran (alto saxophone) is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he pursued a biochemistry and molecular biology major and a jazz minor. Currently, José is pursuing his PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Encouraged by his mother to play a musical instrument, he began playing saxophone in 6th grade. He began studying jazz his first year at the university. José's music influences include Robert Glasper, John Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Moonchild, Stefano di Battista, Bill Evans, Cal Tjader, Jaco Pastorius, Eddie Palmieri, and Mario Bauza.
Chandler Greer (tenor saxophone) studied philosophy and jazz at the University or Georgia before moving to Atlanta to pursue work as a freelance musician. Chandler's love for music began at age 11, when he attended his first jazz concert. Ever since then, Chandler has made it his mission to spend his life performing, teaching, and writing music. Chandler currently works as Assistant Director and Head of Woodwind Education at Southern Art Music Initiative Inc. Chandler's musical influences include Dexter Gordon, Mario Castro, Donnie Hathaway, Shaun Martin, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Bill Laurance, J Cole, Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and Stevie Wonder.