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Mike Armando

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: April 19, 1951    

Mike Armando

Jazz/blues guitarist Mike Armando was born and grew up in Brooklyn & Woodhaven Queens, NY. He Attended Franklin K. Lane High School. In the early years Mike joined the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War. He served his country for 4 years and still perfomed when he had time. Times were tough but he still kept playing his music. He Played many years with Screamin Jay Hawkins band. At present his new group is called “In the Moment''

He was the guitarist for the late Screamin Jay Hawkins for three fun years while on tour. One of Mike's recording's,” Half Stepin” on the mja Record label, a jazz/blues recording was rated one of the top ten records on radio play list in Bill Board Magazine. Mike has recorded with drumming great Bob Moses. He has performed on radio and tv stations across the country. WOWI Radio music director Larry Dinger, Norfolk, Va. held many events at the station were Mike performed live. Mike has performed live events at WPKN, Jazz Advantures with radio host Phil Bowler in Bridgeport, CT. Mike Armando recordings on the mja Record label have been played throughout the USA and in Europe....
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MICHAEL ARMANDO, President & CEO of MJA Records, has recorded many fine jazz and blues artists for the MJA label. And over the years, has been instrumental in launching the recording careers of young musicians deserving of wider recognition. What comes to mind when thinking of MJA is Chet Baker’s closest friend, legendary Be Bop drummer, Artt Frank who performed with the great lyrical trumpet icon on and off for many years. Michael, a jazz/blues guitarist himself, first formed the MJA Record label back in 1973, and was one of the first artists to record for the new company. Mike was born in New York City and has paid his dues many times over. He has always loved jazz and blues music because “it comes straight from the soul-and the soul is from God.” Music is his life, and he thanks God for the opportunity of being able to help other musicians to express themselves through this music called Be Bop and lyrical jazz. Mike has produced many jazz concerts for MJA Records including the MJA Jazz & Blues Festival in which Artt Frank’s quintet was the featured group. “I am deeply proud to be included on the prestigious Honorary Director’s list of the Chet Baker Foundation, and to be a part of the music of Chet Baker and Artt Frank.”

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Featured recording “The Count Down”

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The Count Down

MJA Records (2014)

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In The Moment Label: mja Mike Armando - guitar Andy Golba - bass Ra-Kalam Bob Moses Drums Recorded Native Pulse, Quincy, MA by . David J. Sullivan: Audio engineer

The term, 'In The Moment' is most generally applied to a bop/jazz musician, or group of muscians who are playing something that is totally new, spontaneous and unique so that all one can say is that it is, “In The Moment,” Which ironaically, is exactly what can be said about this particular group of musicians, even though the music is not all 'straight ahead', the musicians do nonetheless, play with a lot of heart and rhythm and make it all swing...

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