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BIOGRAPHY

Michael Bram; drummer, vocalist, harmonica player, coffee shop guitarist...born & raised in Commack, New York. At the early age of four years old, his parents bought him a drum set from Toys-R-Us, Michael banged on that toy kit all day. On the same birthday, his grandparents gave him Elvis' Golden Hits and a Buddy Holly double LP. A deep love for music was born.

At age seven, he began taking private lessons at the Long Island Drum Center. There he studied with renowned teachers, including Bobbie Rondinelli of Black Sabbath & Blue Oyster Cult, and Joe Rende of The Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Throughout high school, Michael attended several drum clinics and played in various bands, he began to play acoustic guitar & sing. At sixteen, he had his first professional gigs at The Roxy, in Huntington.

Michael continued his musical training by attending the Conservatory of Music at Suny Purchase, concentrating on classical percussion and jazz drums. Purchase was a fertile location for music and art, boasting many talented musicians and world class teachers. Michael studied classical percussion with Ray DesRoches and Dominic Donato, two NYC percussion pro's. After many accomplished lessons from Richie Morales (Spyro Gyra, Mike Stern), Peggy Stern (Lee Konitz, Thomas Chapin), Doug Monroe, Joe Ferry (legendary producer), Jon Faddis (trumpet great), and Todd Coolman (bass legend), he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in jazz drums.

After college, Michael began working as a full-time musician at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase, playing drums for Pascal Rioult, Doug Varone and Kevin Wynn. He performed at the premier of Mr. Wynn's "The Archeology of a Groove" and also with the City Ballet, at The Palace Theater in Stamford, Connecticut. It was then that Michael experienced his first vocal performance, singing the songs of George Gershwin.

During the past ten years, Michael has been performing in the New York area with original rock bands; Mary Anne Marino, ABOYANDAGIRL, Irish bands; The McCabes, The Prodigals, Ska; Joe Ferry, and Reggae; Paul Roach & The Lions. He has performed with jazz masters, Lew Soloff, Peggy Stern, Jon Faddis and Milt Harris. Michael is a favorite drummer & harmonica player on the NY blues scene, and often plays with The Geoff Hartwell Band, Petey Hop, and Chris Vitarello & Chris O'Leary. He has also played with Roxy Perry, Big Ed Sullivan, Jeremy Baum and Bill Perry.

Recently, he played drums for the just off Broadway (Broadway and 79th) production of "They Wrote That?", performing with and featuring the legendary music of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; writers of the Billboard hits, "On Broadway"; "Just Once"; "Somewhere Out There"; and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". He has performed in numerous other musical productions, also, including "South Pacific"; "Guys and Dolls"; "Bye Bye Birdie"; "Hello Dolly"; and "Evita".

Michael has released his debut CD, "Leroy"; which showcases his talents as a blues singer & harp player, as well as a jazz singer & drummer. Check him out at clubs and bars near you, and expect to hear a lot more from this up & coming musician.

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