Mike Armando

Mike Armando

About Me

Jazz/blues guitarist Mike Armando was born and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He was the guitarist for the late Screamin' Jay Hawkins for three years. In February 1976 Screamin' Jay Hawkins suffered facial injuries when he was burned by one of his flaming props while performing with his guitarist Mike Armando at the Virginia Theater in Alexandria, Va. Mike Armando's years of being the guitarist for Screamin' Jay Hawkins during the 1970's has been written about in a book written by author Steve Bergsman titled “I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins” The book is published by Feral House. One of Mike's recording's," Half Steppin" on the mja Record label, a jazz/blues recording was rated one of the top ten records on radio playlist in Bill Board Magazine. He has performed on radio and TV stations across the country. His recordings on the mja Record label have been played throughout the USA and in Europe. Mike has produced a number of jazz concerts with vocalist Nancy Monroe at the Blue Note in NYC and at the Event Center in Lake Grove LI along with jazz guitarist Dave Stryker hosted by WPKN Radio Jazz Adventure MC Phil Bowler. Mike Armando has produced 13 CDs on the mja label with such artists as Grammy award winner Fred Lipsius, from Blood Sweet & Tears, Nancy Monroe, David Allan Gross, Chris Clark. Pat Morrissey, Artt Frank. One of the tracks from Fred Lipsius, mja release "Better Believe It" CD was released and distributed throughout the world on MCA Records. mja recording artist, Artt Frank who was the drummer for the late great Chet Baker was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on November 16, 2010. Mike Armando was the producer for all three of Artt's CD's. Mike has performed at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, N.J. backing saxophonist Tim Price. Mike has worked with other great musician's in his recording and musical career with the likes of Eddie Gomez, Mike Stern who recorded on the mja release with David Alan Gross "The Final Answer to Everything", Bob Moses, Dave Stryker. Mike Armando's latest CD "The Count Down" on the mja Record Label with Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, John Lockwood, Gezim Sherifi and Boris Kurgonov. For information on booking Mike Armando email at mjajazz@optonline.net

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