National Artist Spotlight Presents: Brandon Mezzelo


See Brandon and many other artists at The Jazz Eureka Festival, Eureka Springs, AR September 9th-14th!

Brandon Mezzelo is a professional saxophonist and composer living and working in Springfield, Missouri. Brandon has also just recently joined the team at Palen Music as a saxophone/clarinet instructor.  He has been featured annually in the Springfield Jazz Festival and also performed on Ozarks Live! KOLR10.  Brandon lived abroad in Budapest, Hungary performing with the top tier of Hungary’s jazz elite for two years.  His band did a reissue of the classic jazz song “Moanin” and was featured on the ‘Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show BBC 6’ in London.  After returning  to Missouri in 2012 he has been a mainstay of the growing jazz scene in Springfield.  The ‘Triptet’ has also played in Kansas City and is plays a monthly show on First Fridays, at the Springfield Brewing Co.

brandon mezzelo 1 Brandon Mezzelo was born in Peoria, Ill. He began his career playing with jazz and blues bands at the age of 16. After a brief apprenticeship with local bands and the legendary drummer Buddy Miles in Chicago, he joined the U.S Army band in 1992. During the next eight years he would be the lead tenor player for 3 Army bands; Wurzburg, Bamberg, Weisbaden: Germany. He has traveled most of Western and Eastern Europe playing hundreds of concerts for large audiences. During this time he co-founded the Acid Jazz group “Superfro” with his long time friend and trumpet player Keith Moyer. This band had success in venues that many jazz bands were unable to perform in, dance clubs and festivals specifically. This group is still together today carried on in great tradition by the other three original members.  it was also in Germany that he built a life long friendship and musical partnership with well known German guitarist/producer Uwe Bossert (Stereolove, Reamon)

Brandon was one of the regular monthly hosts of the prestigous jam session at the Budapest Jazz Club, playing with the top tier of Hungary’s jazz scene, such artists include; Tzsumo Arpad, Balazs Elemer, Balazs Joseph, Boglarka Csemer, Emilio and Janos Egri.  He is also a special guest at the very popular ‘Random Trip’ music event held on Tuesday nights at the ‘Instant’ and on the ‘A38’, hosted by Delov Javor (Turbo).  This modern and ecletic series have gave Brandon a chance to play with some of Budapest’s hippest and up and coming artists, such as Julianna Fabian, Pely Barna and Greg Note.  In his own jazz groups Brandon led a quartet, trio and duo.  These formations include; Deszo Olah, Hars Viktor, Szalay Gabor and Kalmar Zoltan.

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