Brian Andres and Jeff Mellott
at Badges Drum Shop

Endorsing Bosphorus Cymbals, Canopus Drums, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Snareweight products

What: BRIAN ANDRES & JEFF MELLOTT at Badges Drum Shop
When: Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: 117 West Main Street, Mason, OH 45040
Cost: FREE
Capacity: 28 maximum

An entertaining, virtuosic, and informative time with Cincinnati-born drummers Brian Andres and Jeff Mellott.

Brian will focus on Afro-Cuban technique, also discussing his life as a San-Francisco-based touring and recording drummer and bandleader. Jeff will discuss finding success as a working local drummer, also sharing how his local band earned national notice, and will provide advice on endorsements.

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Professional drummer, bandleader, and educator Brian Andres was born in Cincinnati to a family of professional musicians and started drumming at an early age. While living in the Midwest, Brian’s diverse range of styles earned him performances with such artists as Little Anthony and the Imperials, Broadway star Faith Prince, The Ohio Players, and blues greats Sam Myers and Lonnie Mack.

Brian’s growing interest in Latin music took him to San Francisco in 1999 where he worked with numerous Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Latin funk, Latin jazz, and Tex-Mex groups including the bands of San Francisco Bay Area icon Dr Loco (Dr Jose Cuellar) and the Grammy award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. He has worked countless notable artists like "The Father of Chicano Music" and National Medal of Arts recipient Lalo Guerrero, John Calloway, Ray Obiedo, Independent Music Award winning artist Fely Tchaco and many others. Through working with Dr. Loco, Brian was asked to record the original music soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Robert M. Young film, Alambrista: Directors Cut, and has worked with Grammy nominated producer and musician Greg Landau.

In 2007, Brian stepped into the role as bandleader of The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Featuring Grammy Award Winning musicians and esteemed music educators, the group continues the rich heritage of San Francisco Bay Area Latin jazz. The ACJC has become one of the top Latin jazz groups in the Bay Area. With the release of their debut CD, Drummer's Speak, their 2013 recording, San Francisco, and their 2016 release This Could Be That, they have made a name for themselves performing regularly in the Bay Area and touring in the Midwest.

In addition to performing, Brian maintains a private practice in drum set and percussion instruction. He also conducts clinics and lectures on the history and culture of the drum set and percussion in Afro-Cuban music. His lesson "Clave in Odd Meters" was featured as a Master Class article in the November 2014 issue of Downbeat Magazine.

Brian is now a contributing writer for DRUM! Magazine. In the 2015 Downbeat Magazine 80th Annual Reader's Poll, Brian was voted into the top 20 in the Drummers category. Brian is an official Bosphorus Cymbals Artist and endorses Canopus Drums and Snareweight products.


Jeff Mellott is a lifelong Ohio resident and a fixture on the Cincinnati music scene. Jeff graduated from Ohio University and went on to earn a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the College Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati.

His trio Us,Today started as an organic experiment in sound. With the unique instrumentation of vibraphone, keyboard, guitar, and drums they set out to create music that defies genre. To date, Us, Today has released four albums. “RH Sessions” (2011), “Beneath the Floorboards” (2012), “TENENEMIES” (2015), and Computant (2018). Each album shows a progression of the band, from a free improvisation background, to a more unified, electronic sound. Since their 2015 release, Us, Today has had the pleasure of sharing a stage with Sylvan Esso, Kishi Bashi, Deerhoof, Ghost-Note, and the Mike Dillon Band. They have toured extensively through the midwest and have played several festivals including Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH) and Secret Stages (Birmingham, AL). The band has earned national notice including a feature on NPR.

In addition to Us Today, Jeff performs with guitarist Brandon Coleman and many other Cincinnati-based jazz artists and has diversified his working life between performing and being a Music Educators Rep for Willis Music. Jeff has been featured on Working Drummer and endorses Canopus drums, Bosphorus cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.