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Francisco Mela

Recently featured in the Zildjian Add in “Modern Drummer,” “Down Beat,” & “Jazz Times.” The Afro-Cuban jazz composer and bandleader drummer, Francisco Mela, born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. At the age of seventeen, he started at the Music School of Arts “El Yarey” where he took classes of “Classic” and “Afro-Cuban” popular music in percussion instruments. A year later after he got his Diploma, started working as a percussion teacher in Rafael's Cabrera Conservatory of Music in Bayamo, Cuba at the same time he enrolled in the National School of Arts for Teachers el “CENCEA” (Centro Nacional de superaci..n de la ense..anza art..stica) where he got a degree in Music and Percussion. While he was in Cuba, he met one of the best contemporary Latin Jazz Piano player's Emiliano Salvador, who invited him to be part of his quartet “Nueva Visi..n” and that's when he started his career as a Professional Musician. After a year the quartet split and then he met Gabriel Hernandez, another piano player, that was Mela's first performance at the “Jazz Plaza” one of the best Jazz Cuban's Festival in Havana, organized by Chucho Valdez. Right after Mela and Gabriel were invited to play in the “Cancun Jazz Festival” where he shared stage with Tito Puentes, Mongo Santa Maria, Dave Valentin, etc. In 1997, he created his own band “MelaSon Latin Jazz Band” which had a unique sound and it was invited to play all around Cancun. Mela moved to Boston in 2000 and became the house drummer of Wally's Cafe Jazz Club, one of the most important in the Boston area. In this place he started developing his own sound and became the band leader of a Latin Jazz Quintet.

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”Today Francisco Mela is one of the most important Cuban's drummer in jazz” --Jazz Times

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