Musician Mike Prigodich's jazz fusion compositions attract attention from many upper echelon, recognizable national artists. Becoming a cancer patient in 2008 was the big wake-up call that propelled the need to pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician, compose lots of new material, form a band, and start booking gigs. Just to prove what motivation can do, 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,all 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, up to the task of performing the extremely challenging yet accessible compositions.
Mike leads the Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group (MPEG) featuring Reinhardt Melz on drums, Damian Erskine on bass, and John Nastos on saxophone.
Fusion compositions by Mike Prigodich which combine Jazz, Prog Rock, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Flamenco, Funk, and not to leave out world music with influences from the Middle East, Africa, Ireland,and beyond venturing melodically and harmonically around the globe.
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R E I N H A R D T M E L Z (Master Drummer)
*Recently played STEVIE WONDER'S private birthday celebration. Needless to say, the performance was extremely well received!
Reinhardt can be seen regularly on tour with GINO VANNELLI, LES MCCANN, and JAVON JACKSON.
D A M I A N E R S K I N E (Bass Virtuoso)
Damian is the nephew of P E T E R E R S K I N E, and a member of "Peter Erskine New Trio." The trio has just released their first album entitled JOY LUCK. Members of the Peter Erskine New Trio are world-class musicians: Peter Erskine, Damian Erskine, and Vardan Ovsepian.
Damian can be seen regularly on tour with GINO VANNELLI, LES MCCANN, and JAVON JACKSON.
J O H N N A S T O S (Tenor Sax)
John can be seen regularly on tour with DIANE SCHUUR, and does quite a bit of arranging for PINK MARTINI, and THE OREGON SYMPHONY.
"Wonderful. Beautiful. Really great. Wow, Mike. Great writing, man." -- Chick Corea
"I knew this guy was up to something; what a great disc! Beautifully written and played with passion and intensity by an excellent band. This is one of those CDs that you want to hear again as soon as it 's finished. Bravo Mike!" -- George Whitty (Brecker Brothers)
"The album’s intriguing melodies, odd time signatures, and ear-bending harmonies make it a stand-out album in the world of fusion." -- No Treble
"Watch out for this guy! Mike is terribly brave, adventurous, playful, and adept. As his compositions and playing demonstrate, Mr. Prigodich is a rising talent following his creative muse fearlessly to wherever it takes him." -- David Goldblatt (Tribal Tech)
"This is band is top shelf; they were super tight and super exciting." -- George Colligan (Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White)
"Prigodich speaks a musical language all his own, one born of a voice that elevates his instrument far beyond its realm into one where mystery and magic meet." -- All About Jazz
"Very cool Mike!! Love the bridge and the keyboard solo. You can definitely play!!" -- Steve Porcaro (Toto, Michael Jackson)
"Fantastic work by all! Great writing and playing. Well done! Great sounds too." -- Todd Sucherman (Styx)
"Prigodich is an excellent keyboardist, but it's his writing that really stands out. There is a liveliness and emotional connection to much of this music that makes it immediately endearing. His band is tight and funky, with an ability to groove that puts many better-known fusion outfits to shame." -- All About Jazz
"What do Chick Corea and Spinal Tap have in common? That would be Portland keyboardist Mike Prigodich." -- Audiophile Audition
"A tour de force that would certainly get the respect of Prigodich’s muse Chick Corea. In the tradition of The Yellowjackets, The Brecker Brothers, Hiromi and others, the 11 tracks on A STITCH IN TIME cover a vast fusion landscape of complex proportions that’ll have you wondering how an artist like Mike Prigodich could ever consider sitting on the sidelines. The entire project is an incredibly satisfying ride." -- Inside MusiCast
"Mike offers melodic breadth with very defined piano craft. He is an astonishing musician and a brilliant composer. His original works are studies in precision. They are demanding and they require the very best of musicians to perform them. He has gathered the best of the best and the results are scintillating." -- JazzTimes
"I definitely hear a Chick influence in your playing and writing. I'm flattered that you cite me as an influence." -- Andy Milne (Dapp Theory)
"Sounds killing man! I LOVE your music!" -- Mike Pope (Chick Corea, Al Di Meola)