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.