Michael McClintock graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City Music Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance in 2006. At the conservatory Michael studied under the classical guitarist Douglas Niedt. Since graduation Michael has taken his place squarely in the Kansas City music scene.
His first professional musical project was with the Manos Rojas School of Flamenco in Kansas City where he played with, among others, Beau Bledsoe. Bledsoe introduced Michael to the nuances of Flamenco and Argentinean Tango.
In 2007 Michael, with dancer Aimee Hughes and guitarist Jarrod Stephenson, formed an independent Flamenco group, Alma Flamenca, which played in the Kansas City area and toured throughout the Midwest.
In 2010 Michael and Jordan Shipley created Mistura Fina in order to perform authentic Brazilian folk and jazz music. Their work has struck a chord in the Kansas City Jazz scene and their Latin Jazz sound is resonating with a wide array of groups. Beside McClintock and Shipley, Mistura Fina has included Kansas City jazz masters such as Shay Estes, Rod Fleeman and Matt Otto.
In 2012 Michael alongside fellow guitarist Jarrod Stephenson and percussionist John Currey formed the group Broken String which artfully uses traditional North American Jazz, Spanish Flamenco, and Brazilian music among other styles to create a wide and authentic exploration of some of the world’s more intriguing music.
Michael served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors in 2013 and saw his role there as being to serve as a bridge between the established jazz community and a younger more experimental jazz aficionado.
In 2014 Michael visited Cuba for the third time and began his studies of the Cuban Tres with Doctor Efrain Amador, and later with César Hechavarría, two of the main educators of the instrument in the country. Michael has continued studying and performing in Cuba throughout the years, and he has been perfecting his skills and knowledge of the native instrument and Cuban music in general.
In the Summer of 2016 Michael created his own Traditional Cuban Septet entitled Cubanisms.