Venerable drummer MIKE CANDITO is well known for his exceptional versatility and love of
working in all advanced musical settings from Jazz, R&B, Funk, Rock, Country and Latin. His
formidable talents have afforded him a vast array of accomplishments in the fine arts of music,
stage, TV, radio and film.
Mike was born and raised in New York where he studied with Drum Legends Jim Chapin, Gary
Chester and Joe Morello with honorable mention to mentors Jack DeJonette, Billy Cobham,
Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Victor Lewis and Freddy Gruber.
As a singer, Mike’s dynamic tenor and falsetto vocals ( coached by Broadway vocalist Robert
Cole), can be heard on numerous TV and radio jingles across the country, as well as many live
Credits, including Movies/TV/Radio : Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe, Telluride and JVC
Jazz Festivals, Soul Train, Johnny Carson Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Late Night with David
Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Upbeat, Midnight Special, USA for Africa Concert,
Mike Candito’s Prime Time, The Soul Machines “Funky Nassau”, Goodfellas, The Lazarus Man,
Hit and Run, Room 222 and numerous Radio and TV Commercials and Jingles.
Partial List of Performances /Associations : Gary Puckett, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett Band,
Grover Washington Jr., The O’Jays, Stanley Turrentine, Tommy Flanagan, Gary King, Chris
Carter Blues Band, Peter Noone, Gregory Hines, Paula Abdul, Bobby Short, Les Paul, Sam and
Dave, Tony Cherry, Billy Joel, Mary Wells, Candi Staton, Luther Vandross, The Drifters, Denny
Randell, Biddy Schippers, Chubby Checker, The Tramps, Invisible Man’s Band, Milton Berle,
Jackie Mason, Sinbad, Joan Rivers and so on.
Mike has been an instructor at Drummers Collective in NYC and is a member of The
International Association of Jazz Educators, National Drum Association, Jazz Alliance and
International, Drum Equinox (The Drum is the Voice of the Trees ). He has successfully
developed his “ Speed, Power, Control, Relaxation “ drum technique, which he teaches to his
private students and is used by many of todays top drummers. Mike has been instrumental in
developing and bringing new ideas to Junior and Senior Drum Corps around the country for
which he has received numerous trophies and awards.
Currently his schedule includes Drum Clinics, Workshops, Private Teaching, Recording Projects,
Jazz T’s (Mike’s Original Jazz Artwear ), and Candi Sticks (Mike’s own Pro-Series Drum
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