The Brandon Mezzelo Triptet was formed in early 2012 and is an exploration of "soulbop". Hard swinging and grooving tunes featuring four veteran jazz men of Southwest Missouri.
Kelly Brown - keys
Austin Wilson - bass
Ryan Hurn - drums
Brandon Mezzelo ---- professional saxophonist and composer living and working in Springfield, Missouri. Brandon has also just recently joined the team at Palen Music as a saxophone instructor. He has returned to the U.S after living in Budapest, Hungary for two years. During that time he was able to write and perform his own music and play with many great artists. Most recently his band (The Triptet) had his version of the classic "Moanin'" featured on the 'Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show BBC 6'
Brandon Mezzelo was born in Peoria, Ill. He began his career playing with jazz and blues bands at the age of 16. After a brief apprenticeship with local bands and the legendary drummer Buddy Miles in Chicago, he joined the U.S Army band in 1992. During the next eight years he would be the lead tenor player for 3 Army bands; Wurzburg, Bamberg, Weisbaden: Germany. He has traveled most of Western and Eastern Europe playing hundreds of concerts for large audiences. During this time he co-founded the Acid Jazz group "Superfro" with his long time friend and trumpet player Keith Moyer. This band had success in venues that many jazz bands were unable to perform in, dance clubs and festivals specifically. This group is still together today carried on in great tradition by the other three original members. it was also in Germany that he built a life long friendship and musical partnership with well known German guitarist/producer Uwe Bossert (Stereolove, Reamon)