Mekiel Reuben | Hangin in the Moonlight

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Hangin in the Moonlight

by Mekiel Reuben

Mekiel's explosive style has been compared to the likes of Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine and John Klemmer. When you listen to his music, it glide you on a journey from his United States jazz roots to his fruitful life in the Caribbean
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Our Day Will Come
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2. In Tyme
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3. Missing You
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4. Coming Home
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5. Why Should I
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6. Hangin in the Moonlight
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7. Little Ciera
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8. Remembering
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9. Caribbean Sunday
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"HANGIN IN THE MOONLIGHT"
NEWLY REMIXED , RE-MASTERED AND RE LAUNCHED ON
SMOOTHJAZZ.COM DEC 15, 2006

CHECK OUT ARTICLE IN THE MARCH/APRIL 2007
ABYSSJAZZ MAGAZINE ....."BREAK OUT ARTIST"
(link below)

MEKIEL REUBEN (musician/composer/producer)

The Chicago born native became interested in music at the early age of eight when his mom gave him a guitar for Christmas. At the age of 15 he began studying music and woodwinds under Louis Gray, high school band director (Crane HS). . His first performance was playing at high school graduation, and he says he was greatly influenced by Grover Washington Jr.,The Crusaders, Earth,Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. He moved to the Caribbean where he continued to pursue his musical career. He studied privately in St. Croix with jazz woodwinds player James (Jimmy) Hamilton, a 27 year veteran of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Mekiel says, ”I use to watch Hamilton perform from the back of the club where I worked. Then we became friends and he taught me the “Art of Reservation,” and how to enhance my playing style.” Mekiel explained. He also studied with Benny Jacob El (a graduate of Juilliard School of Music) and while living in St. Croix he learned calypso, reggae, Latin and other Caribbean rhythms. After several years of touring and playing with several theatrical/dance companies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mekiel returned to the United States and now resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Following his dream of becoming a recording artist, when he returned to the USA he continued his music studies with the legendary saxophonist Bill Greene (improvisation lessons). He also studied music and marketing at Los Angeles City College and West Los Angeles City College. Then when Mekiel had over a hundred compositions under his belt, he started his own label with the name of MekMuse Records. He now has several releases to his credit: (1994) “Miles Away” (a dedication to Miles Davis), (1996), “Simply Peaceful,” (2000) “Shadows of Love,” and his latest release (2005) “Hangin in the Moonlight.”

Mekiel has shared stages with so many musicians on festivals and concert venues throughout North America (United States and Canada) and Europe featuring acts such as Bunny Wailer, Ziggy Marley, Maxi Priest, Third World, Steel Pulse, Inner Circle , Burning Spear, UB 40, Lenny Williams, Barbara Morrison, Ronnie Laws,The Jazz Crusader, Les Mc Canns, Marcus Miller ,Chaka Khan, Gino Vanelli, Dr. John, Tyrone Davis, Etta James, Phil Perry, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Ronnie Laws and a host of others. He worked with local backup bands for years at Los Angeles biggest reggae festival "Bob Marley Day" with artists such as Marcia Griffith, The Itals, Johnny Clark, Uroy, Eek-A-Muse and Ras Michael and the sons of Niegus and many more. While a member of Ras Michael and the sons of Niegus (5 years) they recorded an album entitled, “Know Now,” on Shanachie Records.

In 2002 Mekiel began working as a sideman with the legendary"Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm" and toured Europe and North America as performer in several Blues and Jazz festivals. He participated in the North Seas Jazz fest, Netherlands, Ajaccio Blues fest, Corsica, Pori Jazz fest, Finland, Nice Jazz fest, Cognac Blues Passion, France, San Diego Blues fest, Long Beach Blues fest, California, USA, Edmonton Blues fest. Canada and Montreux jazz fest.,Switzerland, where they recorded the album, Live at Montreux " The Resurrection of Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm,”on the French label Isabel Records - Blues Power series (M Williams-tenor sax)

Mekiel was one of the finalist to received a TOP MUSIC ARTIST award from the 2006 Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival out of over 400 entries.

Mekiel has dedicates his talent and time for over two decade to disable students at the LAUSD, Benjamin Banneker Special Education Center when he is not on tour or performing. Every Feburary for more than a decade Mekiel has his annual "Black History" jazz concert for the kid at the LAUSD, Benjamin Banneker Special Education Center. He has brought great joy to disabled students with music.So keep your eyes open and ears tuned for this musician / producer / composer,
Mekiel B. Reuben to be the next new rising star.

For booking contact:
Ida Carter
818-766-8440 office
818-258-9439 cell

Discography
MekMuse Records releases to his credit:

(1994) “Miles Away” (a dedication to Miles Davis)

(1996), “Simply Peaceful”

(2000) “Shadows of Love”

(2005) “Hangin in the Moonlight.”

2002) Live at Montreux Jazz Festival
The Resurrection of Ike Turner and
the Kings of Rhythm, on the French
label Isabel Records Blues Power series
(M Williams-tenor sax)


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Byrd Man

hit man mickmouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
keep up the good work young man. Hope your tour was a smash! I plan on taking a road trip to Florida this summer and leave out of miami. Your songs are a hit also!!! Hit me back at hbyrd@littletonaz.org

Rick Staie

WOW! What a smooth album
This was my first time to hear Mekiel and I was blown away. I will be adding more of his work to my collection.

Mike Parlett

Solar Radio appearance
Great album!

Catch Mikiel LIVE special guest on my Radio Show on
SOLAR RADIO live from Los Angels Sunday 1st July 2007 2pm-4pm

Mike Parlett

LA Jazz Connection
WWW.SOLARRADIO.COM

Smoothjazz.com Review

From Soul to Funk, they're all exceptional!
I was a Mekiel Reuben fan before I even opened the CD. For over twenty years he's worked with Special Ed kids in the Los Angeles school district. For the last decade he's performed an annual free concert at the school each February to celebrate Black History Month. This guy puts his money where his mouth is. My admiration only rose once I did listen to his music. Reuben's musical journey began with the guitar (his mom gave him one for Christmas when he was eight), but with musical influences that included Grover Washington, Jr., The Crusaders and Earth, Wind & Fire, woodwinds seemed a better fit. At 15 he began his studies in earnest and performed for the first time at his high school graduation. He continued to study and perform when he moved to the Caribbean, infusing calypso, reggae and Latin rhythms into his developing style. Since moving back to the States he's shared the stage with the likes of Ronnie Laws, Marcus Miller, Chaka Khan, Etta James, Dr. John and Phil Perry. His third release, HANGIN' IN THE MOONLIGHT, opens with a cover of the classic "Our Day Will Come," here Reuben superbly makes this his own exceptional version. The soulful and poignant "Missing You" is not to be missed and if it's a bit more funk you're looking for, Reuben deftly offers that up on "Why Should I." The most difficult problem with HANGIN' IN THE MOONLIGHT is deciding on what track to play... they're all exceptional.

Tony Richardson

Our Day Will Come
I saw you and seen you play before and did not know it was you.