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 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.
In The Moment
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