Jonathan Mele

Jonathan Mele 's Biography

Jonathan Mele is a NYC based freelance drummer/percussionist/composer/engineer.

He graduated from the UMass Amherst where he earned jazz performance and composition degrees while studying with Max Roach, Billy Taylor and Yusef Lateef.

A versatile player, Jon is as comfortable playing jazz and big band as he is playing rock, blues, funk and pop. He has performed and recorded around the world and can be heard on a number of albums including Van Morrison's Magic Time (2005). He writes music for modern dance, commercial jingles and continues to co-write and produce artists from his studio.

Jonathan's performances include venues such as Cork Jazz Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, RTE radio, NYC's River to River Festival and SummerStage. As an educator, he has presented drum set masterclasses in the US, Europe, and South America.

Jonathan Mele 's Gear
Jonathan Mele

Gear List

Absolute Hybrid Maple in Natural Vintage finish (Rock)
20x16 or 22x14 Bass Drum 10x7.5 Rack Tom 12x8 Rack Tom 14x13 Floor Tom w/ legs 16x15 Floor Tom w/ legs 14x6 Snare Drum
Maple Custom in Natural Vintage finish (Jazz)
18x14 Bass Drum 10x7.5 Rack Tom 12x8 Rack Tom 14x14 Floor Tom w/ legs
Snare Drums - 14x7 Elvin Jones 15x5 JR Robinson 14x5 JR Robinson 13x6 Steve Jordan 14x3.5 Brass Snare