Brian Melvin is an internationally known drummer/percussionist/educator.  He has played and recorded with many of the worlds leading musicians. Not limited by styles, he's worked with the late  Joe Henderson,  Mike Stern, J ohn 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 r ecordings together. One of their most famous was  "Standards Zone" (Global Pacific Records,)  which was the  no. 1 jazz album for 15  weeks.   Beatlejazz has been  in the top ten on all  4  of there  Cd 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,   and many  European projects  as  well.  Also a r esident  of  Tallinn, Estonia,  Brian  has  been  teaching  workshops  and  masterclasses  all over E urope as well as playing in numerous musical settings.  His most recent projects  are  Modern Times  and  Drum Prana from Estonia and FOG from San Francisco.  He is very active in world music and has been playing tablas and various hand drums along with electric percussion. It was back in 1964 when Brian first got the bug for drumming. He and his brother watched the Ed Sullivan show where "The Beatles"  appeared for the first time.  He  could  not  believe  how much fun Ringo was having swinging the group. That Christmas he received a little snare drum with a cymbal attached to it. As his interest grew, his family was very supportive along the way which finally led to a full set of drums. At that same point in history, Haight Street was  groovin' hard in  San Francisco and  Brian was infatuated with the sound,  especially  "The Grateful Dead".  There w as  something  in  the  air, when they played, that was much different from the other groups, and it  was  "The Dead"  that opened many new doors in the worlds of improvisation. Both drummers of "The Dead" were big influence on Brian.One of his early and most profound influences was the time spent with  Jerry Granelli. Jerry was just so different and brought the mystical into the drum. San Francisco  was blessed with so many eclectic minds. You had drummers like Jerry, George Marsh, and the late Scott Morris, who also was a very creative and kind in  his teachings.  Then  the  likes of  Eddie Marshall, and Eddie Moore, Richie Goldberg, and Vince Lateano who were and are just fantastic drummers. It was at the legendary jazz club "The Keystone Korner"  where  Brian  met  all  the masters.  He virtually lived there and became close friends with  Elvin Jones,  Art Blakey,  Philly Joe Jones,  Max Roach,and Rashied Ali. Brian and Rashid actually played double drums together with  Jaco  and  Jorma Kaukonen in a short lived group in New York  in the  mid 80's.  So many others were taken  in along  the way.  He  learned brush ideas from   Richie Goldberg  and Billy Higgens.   Also  at  seven,  Brian  met   Buddy  Rich  at  the  classic  club  "Bimbo's 365".  That experience totally blew his mind. Buddy was  great  with  children  and  gave  Brian  a  pair  of sticks, his album "Big Swing Face", a picture and a friendship up until Buddy's departure.   World drumming  has also been big interest of Brian.  Master tabla players  Alla Rakha  and  his son  Zakir Hussain  were his teachers,  and remain  the most  highly  regarded   masters  Brian knows and studies. They turn drums into gold, and watching them together was an  experience beyond words.It is a constant inpiration that he will always treasure.Also African Drumming has always captured his imagination, and great friend and drummer Kwaku Daddy shared  some of his insights of the African drumming and folklore.
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