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Mike Melito hails from Rochester, NY where he keeps an active performance, recording, and teaching schedule. Mike comes from a very musical family and started playing at a very early age. He studied with RPO percussionist John McNeill from 5th grade to 11th grade. He credits McNeill with providing him a strong foundation with the drums and invaluable lessons on music in general. Mike's older brother Tom is also a jazz drummer based in NYC for over 35years. He helped Mike in every aspect of jazz drumming. His father and other brother Chris both play trumpet and played an important role in Mike becoming a musician. They have encouraged him to study hard, listen to the greats and above all be swingin!! Mike names Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Art Taylor, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, and Papa Jo Jones as main influences. Mike started his professional career at age 16 playing with Vibraphonist Joe Locke and saxophonist Joe Romano in his hometown of Rochester. Work then started to snowball for Mike, he started getting calls to play all over upstate NY. He started leading a jam session in the mid-'80s at the now-defunct Rochester jazz room Indigos. He continued to lead many groups in the '90s as well as freelancing. In 1997 he released his first of six critically acclaimed CDs called MY CONCEPTION. From there he started to appear on a lot of CDs as a sideman and in 2001 released his second CD BOUT TIME

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Album You're It! by Mike Melito

You're It!

Cellar Live
2020

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Album Motion by Doug Stone

Motion

Outside in Music
2019

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Album In the Tradition by Mike Melito

In the Tradition

Mike Melito Music
2008

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Nobody Else But Me

Nobody Else But Me

Mike Melito
Motion

Minor League

Minor League

Mike Melito
Motion

Lotus Blossom

Lotus Blossom

Mike Melito
Motion

Jean De Fleur

Jean De Fleur

Mike Melito
Motion

Brigas Nunca Mais

Brigas Nunca Mais

Mike Melito
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Full House

Full House

Mike Melito
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Motion

Motion

Mike Melito
Motion

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