My name is Mike Muschell, I've been a drummer for many years and have played a wide variety of music in that time including; rock, R&B, blues, country and jazz. Jazz has been my main focus and love for the past 35 years, I've done freelance work throughout Connecticut, where I'm originally from and in the San Francisco bay area where I currently live.
I grew up in a small town in northwestern Connecticut called Torrington. My father loved music, especially jazz: Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and the Dorsey brothers were particular favorites of his. My mom loved Johnny Cash, so I guess that's where I got my eclectic taste in music. As a teenager I was into rock, naturally, my favorite bands being Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers. What appealed to me most with these groups was the extended improvisations and virtuosic musicianship. It seems only natural that I'd soon gravitate to jazz which shares these same attributes. In high school I became aware of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Once I heard Elvin Jones and Tony Williams the deal was sealed and there was no turning back on the road to jazz perdition. Eventually I discovered other great drummers, most notably Billy Higgins, who remains a favorite to this day, as well as others too numerous to mention. All of these artists provided the bench mark for musical/artistic integrity and profound humanity.