A Most Embarrassing Moment

In the early ’80s when I was studying with Alan Dawson, the mayor of Boston held a dinner in Alan’s honor and dubbed the day, Alan Dawson Day. Alan was given the key to the city and a dinner was held at Anthony’s Pier Four. Present were many jazz and music industry dignitaries.

At the time I was listening intently to as many jazz records that I could get my hands on, especially “Now He Sings Now He Sobs” by Chick Corea featuring some amazing drumming by jazz drumming icon and Boston native, Roy Haynes.

Around the same time I was also giving much attention to a trio album by Oscar Peterson. I was very excited to be sitting next to Mr. Haynes at Alan’s dinner, especially after Alan had just introduced us.

Wanting to make conversation with the drumming legend, I turned and said with a huge smile, “I loved the stuff you did with Oscar Peterson.” Mr. Haynes turned to me with a scowl and said annoyingly, “That was Louis Hayes.” My red face turned to see Alan Dawson keeled over with his face in his hand’s laughing his head off.

About Mike Ruggelo

Mike co-founded Jumpstreet with legendary guitarist Peter Calo in 1988. Michael Ruggelo M.Ed, Music Resume
Drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Former Assistant Director of Amesbury High School Band
Haverhill High School Summer Band Camp A.D.
Private Instruction Since 1979
Pro Mark Corporation Award for Outstanding Percussion Education
Metropolitan Drum Company Endorser www.metrodrum.com
Mike co-founded the Jumpstreet Band with in demand NY session great Peter Calo in 1986. In addition to attending the Berklee College of Music private studies program in Boston, Mike has studied with legendary drummers Alan Dawson, Bob Moses, and Dave Mattacks. As a freelance artist and band member, he has performed and or recorded with locally and nationally known artists over the years including Chubby Checker, Tony Funches of theThe Platters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Chiffons, The Heavy Metal Horns (Extreme’s horn section), Peter Calo, the Drifters, Marty Walsh (Supertramp, John Fogerty, Leann Rimes) , John Troy and John Curtis (Pousette-Dart Band) Brad Delp and Fran Sheehan (Boston). Mike has also appeared with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Fifth Dimension and Boston Music Awards winner Shirley Lewis.
Published (Tater Music) songwriter
If My Heart Was Yours by Peter Calo and Mike Ruggelo featured in the NY City Play “Chris and Adelmo” Also recorded by members of Carley Simon’s band including Gerry Marrotta, drummer for Peter Gabriel

Other notable artists Mike has had the pleasure of appearing with:
Paul Ahlstrand, Ed Antonelli, Rich Appleman, Tim Archibald, Scott Arruda, Steve Baker, Marty Balou, Bruce Bartlett, Lennie Bradford, Bruce Beers, Peter Black, Dave Brown, Brian Burrill, Baron Brown, Chris Stovall Brown, John Curtis, Brad Delp, John, Disoni, Derek Dyer, Henley Douglas, Peter Eldridge, Johnny Secret Fortier, Caprice Fox, Ed Friedland, Tony Gallo, Rich Gardzina, Teese Gohl, Dino Govoni, Raleigh Green, Joe Holaday, Steve Hunt, Roger Kimball, Joey Laite, Lee Leland, Shirly Lewis, Alizon Lissance, Sandy Martin, Mike Metheny, Circe Miller, Myanna Pontopidan, Walter Platt, Johnny Ray, Jacque Raymond, Mark Retallack, Kelly Riley, Marty Rowan, Garrett Savluk, Frannie Sheahan, Oscar Stagnaro, Didi Stewart, Binny Stone, Stan Strickland, Charlie Thomas, John Troy, Michael Troy,John Vanderpoole, Henry Welch, Dave Wilczewski, Frank Wilkinsn www.jumpstreet-band.com jumpstreet-band@comcast.net (978) 290-0712