Portland, United States
The Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group (aka MPEG) features the best original jazz fusion to come out of the Pacific Northwest with some of the best players on the West Coast. Mike Prigodich on piano is joined by the blow your mind rhythm section of master drummer Reinhardt Melz, bass virtuoso Damian Erskine, along with the superb tenor sax work of John Nastos. If you enjoy the music of Chick Corea, Return To Forever, Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, Hiromi, etc., you'll love the fusion compositions of Mike Prigodich combining Jazz, Prog Rock, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Flamenco, Funk, as well as world music influences from the Middle East, Africa, Ireland, etc.
About Mike Prigodich
Mike's jazz fusion compositions have begun attracting attention from many well-known national artists. Becoming a cancer patient in 2008 was the big wake-up call that got him to start writing lots of new music, form a band, start booking gigs, and pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician. Mike raised over $10,000 on kickstarter.com in 2010 to fund his first studio album "A Stitch In Time" featuring Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, John Nastos, Brandon Woody, Rafael Trujillo, Patrick Lamb, Tim Jensen, and Paul Mazzio, produced by Emmy award-winning David Mathew. This studio album and band was featured on the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Oregon Art Beat television show. Mike currently resides in Portland, Oregon and enjoys playing with some of the finest musicians in town who are up to the task of performing his extremely challenging but accessible compositions. Mike leads the Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group (MPEG) featuring Reinhardt Melz on drums, Damian Erskine on bass, and John Nastos on saxophone. All of this has been in his spare time, since Mike still works a full-time day job in the software industry to support his family.
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