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Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.

Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally’s that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba.

Fellow Berklee faculty member and world-renown saxophonist, Joe Lovano, heard Mela and was immediately impressed, hiring him shortly after to play in his quartet. Since 2005, Mela has been an integral part of Joe Lovano’s quartet and his new group, “Us Five,” a two-drummer quintet. Their 2009 Blue Note Records recording, titled Folk Art, was considered by many critics to be Lovano’s most adventurous to date. In 2009, he was tapped by jazz legend McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Said Tyner of his new young drummer, “Mela is just a fantastic player. He has his own style and his own sound, which is what I look for in a drummer.”

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

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Album Triangulate the Landscape

Triangulate the...

Irazú Records
2020

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Album Ancestros by Francisco Mela

Ancestros

Newvelle Records
2018

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Album Fe by Francisco Mela

Fe

Self Produced
2016

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Album Tree Of Life by Francisco Mela

Tree Of Life

Half Note Records
2011

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Album Cirio by Francisco Mela

Cirio

Half Note Records
2008

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Album Cirio: Live at the Blue Note by Francisco Mela

Cirio: Live at the...

Half Note Records
2008

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