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  • Brian Melvin (2008)

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    Brian Melvin is an internationally known drummer/percussionist/educator. He has played and recorded with many of the world's leading musicians. Not limited by styles, he's worked with the late Joe Henderson, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Bobo Stenson, Toots Thielemans, Richard Bona, Bob Weir ("The Grateful Dead"), Greg Allman ("The Allman Brothers Band") and many more. One of his main associations has been with the Hall of Fame bassist Jaco Pastorius. They were good friends and made five historic recordings together. One of their most famous was "Standards Zone" (Global Pacific Records,) which was the no. 1 jazz album for 15 weeks.

    Currently Beatlejazz has been in the top ten on their first three releases as well. Having lived in New York and Europe, he is no stranger to the international jazz scene. Brian lived and played in New York a few different times, starting in 1987. At that period he was the house drummer at the Blue Note jazz club after hours sessions, along with playing in the Mike Stern trio for two years at the famous 55 bar. It was also during this period where Brian and Dave Kikoski started their long musical and personal friendship,which continues currently in Beatlejazz.

    In 1998-99 he shared living quarters with Al Foster and played all over New York, and the east coast. Recently Brian has been involved in many great projects, including Beatlejazz, Fog, Geografix, and many European projects as well.

    Also a resident of Tallinn, Estonia, Brian has been teaching workshops and masterclasses all over Europe as well as playing in numerous musical settings.

    He is very active in world music and has been playing tablas and various hand drums along with electric percussion.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Frank Sinatra and Count Basie Sinatra at the Sands In Other Words (Reprise)
    # 2 Merle Saunders and Jerry Garcia Keystone Encores, Vol. II How Sweet It Is (Fantasy)
    # 3 Charlie Parker Dial Sessions Dexterity (Dial)
    # 4 Jaco Pastorius The Essential Jaco Pastorius Continuum (Legacy)
    # 5 Weather Report Heavy Weather A Remark You Made (Columbia)
    # 6 John Coltrane A Love Supreme Acknowledgement (Impulse)
    # 7 Miles Davis Nefertiti Nefertiti (Columbia)
    # 8 Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child Speak Like a Child (Blue Note)
    # 9 Joe Henderson So Near, So Far Miles Ahead (Verve)
    Book Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"; or Hazrat Inayat Khan, "The Music of Life"
    Luxury Item A laptop computer
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 The Beatles Abbey Road   (Capitol)
    Alt 2 Michael Brecker Michael Brecker   (Impulse)
    Alt 3 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come   (Mango)
    Alt 4 Chick Corea Now He Sings Now He Sobs   (Blue Note)
    Alt 5 The Grateful Dead Blues for Allah   (Grateful Dead)
    Alt 6 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage   (Blue Note)
    Alt 7 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland   (MCA)
    Alt 8 Sonny Rollins Live at the Village Vanguard   (Blue Note)
    Alt 9 Sonny Rollins Live at the Village Vanguard   (Blue Note)
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    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Steve Dalachinsky
    13 Apr
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan
    Andy Stein
    30 Mar