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Mike Mele: Guitarist, Composer and Educator


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On this show, we chat with guitarist Mike Mele, a graduate from Berklee College of Music in 1990 (Cum Laude). Mele is a prominent educator, and has taught guitar lessons through The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts for over twenty-five years. He has also taught at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Sharon Music Academy, Bentley College, and currently is a music teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy.

He spent the last thirty years performing with many jazz and blues greats, including Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Tony Monaco, Bill Pierce, Joe Hunt, Barry Ries , Marty Rowen, Melvin Sparks, and Myanna Pontoppidan. Mele is a member of the Ken Clark Organ Trio, and recorded the albums Eternal Funk and Mutual Respect for the distinguished Severn Records label. He is also a long-standing member of Michelle Willson's Evil Gal Festival Orchestra, which has toured North America and Europe, and released the critically acclaimed album Wake-Up Call for Rounder Records.

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