Born: September 9, 1976 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Born in Boston, MA Chris began playing guitar at the age of 12. Growing upin a Portuguese family, his love for diverse music was already apparent, falling in love with the music of artists such as Tom Jobim, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, and Brazilian composer Ivan Lins. Upon graduating high school he went on to formally study the guitar at the University of Massachusetts.
At an early age he found himself working in the pit orchestras of the Boston scene, musical theater productions, and performing with orchestral groups such as the MET Wind Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Musically he was drawn to studying and performing jazz with local gurus Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, and Rick Peckham, in addition to continuing to work with Brazilian, Salsa, and other world music groups...
Mello is definitely a player to watch out for!!! - JazzReview