Mitch is an accomplished musician, singer, musical director and photographer who has performed on grand stages from New York City to Taiwan. He has received awards from the Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Competition, performed with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, played behind Mike Tyson, toured with actress/musician Taylor Momsen, and held the drum chair for the Broadway production A Night With Janis Joplin. Most recently he was the alternate drummer for the acclaimed Broadway show The Last Ship, written by and starring Sting. Mitch currently resides in Portland, Or and works on varied musical projects bi-coastally.
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Through his study of jazz from a young age, Mitch learned the science and theory of music. He has competed in numerous jazz festivals including Monterey, Montreal, Lionel Hampton, and Essentially Ellington. In 2005, he held the drum chair for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. One of his most notible musical experiences was touring with the African highlife ensemble Kukrudu, lead by Ghanian Master Drummer Obo Addy. These early opportunities propelled Mitch into the professional music world, further expanding his musical knowledge. In 2010 he graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. While there, Mitch toured with singer/actress Taylor Momsen in the band The Pretty Reckless. Then, workshopped and premiered the one-man-show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mitch developed the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin. He workshopped the drum book, then performed as drum chair on the 2011-2013 national US tour. The musical opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre during the Winter 2013/2014 season. This led to other great Broadway opportunities such as the drum chair alternate for the acclaimed Broadway show The Last Ship starring Sting. Currently Mitch is based in Portland, Or composing and producing original music under the name French Seven. Most recently, he joined the band LiquidLight on drums. Their musical style showcases Mitch's virtuosity behind the kit. You can catch Mitch around the PNW playing with these acts, as well as a variety of musical theatre productions, blues/rock saloon gigs, and jazz casuals.