Studied drums with Billie Brooks (USA) at the »Swiss Jazz School Bern« (University of the Arts, Bern). Important stages in his artistic career included his 15 years of experience as a drummer for the Al Porcino Big Band and appearances at the »Jazz and Heritage Festival« in New Orleans (USA), »International Jazz Festival at Sea« with trumpet legend Clark Terry, "Jazz aux Oudayas” in Rabat (Morocco) with Trombonefire and a concert tour for the Goethe-Institut in Indonesia with the Bach Blech & Blues ensemble.
For many years he played in the quintet of the Bremen trombonist Ed Kröger as well as with Claus Koch and the Boperators, the Munich Swing Stars and the band JPEK. Since 2009 there has been an intensive collaboration with Scott Hamilton and Dusko Gojkovic. His musical work has been documented on more than 50 CDs so far.
Since 1985 Michael Keul has played with jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Woody Shaw, James Moody, Red Holloway, Scott Hamilton, Sal Nistico, Hugo Strasser, Bill Ramsey, Conte Candoli, Houston Person, Herb Geller, Howard Alden, Don Braden, Charlie Mariano, Dusko Gojkovic, Joe Haider, Echoes of Swing, Joe Kienemann and many more.
He is a sought-after lecturer for drums, rhythm section, jazz ensemble, big band and jazz history. With his “Samerberger Jazz Ensemble” he regularly realizes projects on various aspects of jazz. He also heads the Teacher's Groove Big Band in Chiemgau and has been musical director of the Jazz & Wine Summer in Poysdorf (Austria) since 2010. He is jointly responsible for the conception, implementation and moderation of the successful music education series “Jazz & Talk” as a cooperation between Gasteig GmbH and the Jazz Institute with more than 20 themed evenings so far.
CD released under his own name: Michael Keul & Superfocus feat. Scott Hamilton (organic music)