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Mike Melito

Mike Melito hails from Rochester, NY where he keeps an active performance, recording, and teaching schedule. Mike comes from a very musical family and started playing at a very early age. Mike's older brother Tom is also a jazz drummer based in NYC for over 30 years. He helped Mike in every aspect of jazz drumming. His father and other brother Chris both play trumpet and played an important role in Mike becoming a musician. They have encouraged him to study hard, listen to the greats and above all be swingin!! Mike names Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Art Taylor, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb and Papa Jo Jones as main influences

Motion

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Motion; Full House; Brigas Nunca Mais; Jean De Fleur; Lotus Blossom; Minor League; Nobody else but me.

New York Connections

Label: Weebop
Released: 2016
Track listing: Jet Stream; Theme For Ernie; Wives and Lovers; Five Will Get You Ten; Up Over and Out; I Wished I Knew; If Ever I Would Leave You; Indian Summer; Bolivia; The Knife; Blues Okura.

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Mike Melito: New York Connections

Read "New York Connections" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

It's somewhat misleading to summarize Mike Melito's New York Connections by dropping a few names of past masters for credibility's sake, applauding him for preserving the essence of hard bop designs from the 50s and 60s, and emphasizing just how effective he is at forging ties to these avenues of the music. Though all of these ...

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Mike Melito: New York Connections

Read "New York Connections" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Every town has its homegrown talent worthy of wider recognition. This is definitely true when it comes to Rochester native Mike Melito. Since the age of 16, the drummer has held down the drum chair for countless combos and national acts in and around upstate New York. That he has the chops and know-how to make ...

The Right Time

Label: Weebop
Released: 2011
Track listing: Pristine; Royal Flush; New Bossa; Night Owls; Daahoud; All The Way; Nica's Tempo; Tailwind; Just For The Love.

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Mike Melito: The Right Time

Read "The Right Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When the word “predictable" shows up in music reviews, it's often wrongly viewed as the kiss of death. Somewhere along the way, “defying expectations" or “charting new territory" have become the quickest way to gain recognition, but the tried-and-true shouldn't be sold short. On The Right Time, veteran drummer Mike Melito and his band deliver a ...

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The Jazz Session #60: Mike Melito

The Jazz Session #60: Mike Melito

Listen While not a household name, Mike Melito is well known to many jazz musicians , having played with everyone from James Moody and Benny Golson to Joe Locke and Rachel Z. Melito is based in Rochester, NY, and he made the decision early on to stay in his hometown and build his career there. His ...

In the Tradition

Label: Mike Melito Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Junka; Shades of Blue; The Dolphin; Bish Bash Bosh; Le Barron; Skylark; Hankerin; In the Tradition; Good Bait.

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Mike Melito: In the Tradition

Read "In the Tradition" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The last time I reviewed something from gifted drummer Mike Melito was in 2007, when he co-released All Through the Night (Indies Records), with guitarist Bob Sneider and bassist Phil Flanigan. Aside from the high quality of the music these guys are making up in Rochester, New York, what impressed me the most was the audible ...


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