Mike Armando

Instrument: Guitar | Location: New York City

Mike Armando is a jazz/blues/funk guitarist who plays straight from the heart with rhythmic sincerity and genuine sensitivity.
—Artt Frank, longtime drummer with jazz trumpet icon, Chet Baker

Updated: June 6, 2019

Born: April 19, 1951

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 performed when he had time. Times were tough but he still kept playing his music.

He was the guitarist for the late Screamin' Jay Hawkins for three years. In February 1976 Screamin' Jay Hawkins suffered facial injuries when he was burned by one of his flaming props while performing with his guitarist Mike Armando at the Virginia Theater in Alexandria, Va. Mike Armando's years of being the guitarist for Screamin' Jay Hawkins during the 1970's has been written about in a book written by author Steve Bergsman titled “I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins” The book is published by Feral House.

Mike shared the stage with major musical acts such as 5 Satins, Critters, Marveletts, Bobby Lewis, Velon’s, Scott Mckenzie and many more. 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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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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