Mike Candito


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 performances.

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 Sticks).

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