About

Keyboardist Mike Prigodich’s jazz fusion compositions attract attention from many upper-echelon national artists. His original compositions combine jazz with influences from many other genres and regions of the world. Mike leads the Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group (MPEG) with master drummer Reinhardt Melz, bass virtuoso Damian Erskine, and the brilliant John Nastos on saxophone. Together, they create some of the best jazz fusion being played anywhere in the world!

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.

THE BAND

REINHARDT MELZ (Drums)
Recently played STEVIE WONDER’S private birthday celebration. Reinhardt tours with GINO VANNELLI, LES MCCANN, and JAVON JACKSON.

DAMIAN ERSKINE (Bass)
Damian is the nephew of PETER ERSKINE and a member of “Peter Erskine New Trio.” The trio has released their first album entitled JOY LUCK. Members of the Peter Erskine New Trio are: Peter Erskine, Damian Erskine, and Vardan Ovsepian. Damian tours with GINO VANNELLI, LES MCCANN, and JAVON JACKSON.

JOHN NASTOS (Tenor Sax)
John tours with DIANE SCHUUR and CHUCK ISRAELS, and does arranging for PINK MARTINI and THE OREGON SYMPHONY.

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