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Manager, Many Groups

Mike Melito
Angus House 7:00Pm Till 10:00Pm 2126 Five Mile Line Rd
Penfield, New York 14526
United States

 
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Employment History

  • Drummer and Drum Instructor
    PRESS
  • Jazz Drummer
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  • Drummer, Teacher and Recording Artist
    Melito's Bop
  • Drummer and Drum Instructor
    CONTACT
  • Jazz Drummer
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  • Drummer
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Mike Melito - Jazz Drummer - Bio
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Mike Melito: Bio
Mike Melito hails from Rochester, NY where he keeps an active perfomance, recording, and teaching schedule. Mike comes from a very musical family and started playing at a very early age. He studied with RPO percusionist John McNeill from 5th grade to 11th grade. He credits McNeill with providing him a strong foundation with the drums and invaluable lessons on music in general. Mike's older brother Tom is also a jazz drummer based in NYC for over 25 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.
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Mike names Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Art Taylor, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb and Papa Jo Jones as main influences.
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Mike started his professional career at age 16 playing with Vibraphonist Joe Locke and saxophonist Joe Romano in his hometown of Rochester.
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Work then started to snowball for Mike, he started getting calls to play all over upstate NY. He started leading a jam session in the mid 80's at the now defunct Rochester jazz room Indigos. He continued to lead many groups in the 90's as well as freelancing. In 1997 he released his first of four critically acclaimed CDs called MY CONCEPTION. From there he started to appear on a lot of CDs as a sideman and in 2001 released his second CD BOUT TIME. His third release, THE NEXT STEP was released in 2005 and garnered much interest overseas. His latest effort IN THE TRADITION 2007, caught the ear of Downbeat magazine and Downbeat wrote an article on Mike in the December 09 issue. Over the years he has gone on to perform and record with names such as James Moody, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, JR Monterose, Johnny Frigo, Phil Flanigan, Harold Danko, Chuck Mangione, Chris Potter, Eric Alexander, John Swana, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, Danilo Perez, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Faddis, Vincent Herring, David Hazeltine, Harry Allen, Pat LaBarbera and many more. He continues to maintain a large private teaching practice.
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Mike Melito - Jazz Drummer - Press
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Mike Melito: Press Featured Artist: Mike Melito Quintet
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Musicians: Mike Melito (drums), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Grant Stewart (tenor saxophone), Dino Losito (piano), Neal Miner (bass)
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Mike Melito wants you to know he loves Blue Note albums from the sixties. He shows this love on his latest CD The Next Step. A hard swinging quintet plays some fine originals along with classics from the fake book.
Melito himself is a cooking drummer who loves to engage his soloists without getting in their way, giving them the rhythmic freedom to explore their time at bat.
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Pianist Dino Losito joins Melito and bassist Neal Miner in being unobtrusively swinging.
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With trumpeter Joe Magnarelli (on one cut) and tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart on hand, the hard bop performances as led by Melito definitely fall in the same category as the fare cultivated on the Criss Cross Jazz label.
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As for pianist Paul Hoffman and bassist Paul Gill, the two mesh seamlessly with Melito, who obviously has given much thought to the final recorded sound of his drum kit.
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Among the ten tracks, which clock in at close to an hour, are a few originals by Melito, Hoffman, and Magnarelli.
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Personnel: Joe Magnarelli, Trumpet; Grant Stewart, tenor; Dino Losito, piano; Neal Miner, bass ; Mike Melito, drums
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Mike Melito's influences sing from his snare drum and ride cymbal throughout his debut as a leader, THE NEXT STEP. There is an amusing anecdote recounted in the liner notes. It goes something like this: A drummer arrives at a session and asks Rudy Van Gelder if he can make him sound like Philly Joe Jones, to which Van Gelder replies: "Sure, but can you play like Philly Joe? To say that Mike Melito is copying Philly Joe Jones would do him a disservice.
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Melito's snare drum comping and solos conjure up images of the great Philly Joe Jones, highly regarded and quite possibly the single most recorded sideman jazz drummer.
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Also present in Melito's warm and swinging style is Art Blakey. Like Blakey, Melito prefers to rely heavily on a strong backbeat accent-not always implicitily stated, but always felt.
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Melito avoids egotistically filling the album with drum solos. Rather, he takes two extended solos.
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It is this phrasing (as well as a few licks) that Melito uses so effectively in his own playing and timekeeping.
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Musicians: Mike Melito (drums), Grant Stewart (sax), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Dino Losito (piano), Neal Miner (bass)
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Mike Melito on the drums does not 'step on' the soloists and and his embellishments fit the tune and add to the solos by his discretionary playing.
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Drummer Mike Melito's Quintet date finds a beautifully integrated band of musicians, who gel with a sound as smooth as silk thanks in no small part to the leader's drumming. Crisp, sharp and precise, Melito has superb dynamic control with exemplary cymbal work.
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Michael Melito Quartet | MHR Records
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Mike Melito is a strong, straightahead drummer who's produced a classy, swinging CD with some of his local colleagues, all with impeccable credentials. It's a melodic session of fresh material, full of head-nodders and finger-poppers.
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Mike Melito. So few hard bop albums today from up-and-coming jazz artists capture the true flavor of this mid-1950s genre. Hard bop isn't exclusively about blowing. It's a mix of instrument textures, earthy tones and edge, which many musicians somehow miss. So it was with great pleasure last week when I put on drummer Mike Melito's new album, In the Tradition.
What makes this hard bop album superb are the players and song choices. Which doesn't surprise me too much, considering Melito credits tenor saxophonist Joe Romano with personally helping to shape his approach.
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Joining Melito are Grant Stewart [pictured] on tenor sax, John Swana on trumpet, Paul Hofmann on piano, Neal Miner on bass and Rob Sneider on guitar.
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What's interesting about the album is that drummer Melito [pictured] delivers the beat with stick-work that smartly allows the drumheads to be heard, which is rare today.
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Mike Melito, a Rochester drummer, was the last-minute replacement for Golson's regular drummer, Ali Jackson. When one is looking for a bop-based drummer in Rochester, one needs to go no further than Melito.
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Drummer Mike Melito leads a hardbop sextet on The Right Time, serving up one terrific track after the next.
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Mike Melito - Jazz Drummer - Contact
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Mike Melito - Jazz Drummer - Photos
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Jazz Drummer - Mike Melito - News
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