Myles Mancuso is a nationally recognized prodigy who spreads his musical talents across the drums, bass, saxophone, and most commonly by fronting his band, The Myles Mancuso Band, where he sings and plays the guitar and organ/keys. Myles has composed, performed, produced, and engineered all of the original tracks on his first four albums. His original style of music is a blend of roots-rock and neosoul. Along with playing originals, Myles also has complete sets of acoustic and full band shows for Country, Blues, Classic Rock and Americana, and Jazz music. Myles is currently based in Nashville where he regularly performs live, and where he also creates music beds and soundtracks for various musical artists and advertising projects. Myles continues to perform at clubs, bars, and festivals throughout the Southeast, in NYC, and the Hudson Valley, where Myles grew up playing music.
Now twenty-two, Myles has been fronting his own band and preforming professionally for audiences since the age of nine. Due to his talent and experience at such a young age, Myles was billed around Manhattan as "New York City's Youngest Working Bandleader/Guitarist.” Myles was also recognized in 2010 by TrueFire as one of the Top 10 Guitar Prodigies in the World. Myles has frequently played on some of the top stages in New York City, such as BB Kings Club, The Brooklyn Bowl, The Cutting Room, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Village Underground, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, The Groove, Infinity Hall, The Falcon, Levon Helm’s “The Barn”, Daryl’s House Club, The Bardavon, The Red Lion, Tera Blues, Madison Square Garden (Knicks Half Time show), and other stages around the New York City and the Hudson Valley area.
Over the course of his career, Myles has enjoyed playing at popular festivals such as the Warren Haynes' Mountain Jam Festival, the Sarasota Blues Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, The New York State Blues Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Bethel Woods Blues Festival. Along with performing on well-known stages, Myles has opened for and worked with with a variety of national artists, such as The Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Les Paul, and Roy Hargrove, and for a number of years Myles performed as a special guest with Sammy Davis Jr. and Levon Helm at the "Blues in the Schools” events where they played at various schools around New York. Not only did Myles play with Levon Helm, but beginning at the age of ten Myles was gifted to have Levon as a musical mentor. Myles also performed live on local TV and radio stations in New York, and has numerous articles written about him and his musical talent. Early in the local newspaper articles Myles was affectionately dubbed "Mojo Myles”, which he has kept as the name for his YouTube channel.
Some notable moments for Myles are performing vocals and keyboard in a project organized by Eddie Brigati of “The Rascals”; when he was contracted to create music for a “Rockers On Broadway” production, which was used in a 2015 Broadway production; and in 2012 when The Myles Mancuso Story was nominated for an Emmy in the Entertainment: Program Feature/Segment category. (A big congratulation and thank you to Charlie Cornacchio, Senior Producer at Cablevision Greater New York City Area.) In 2010 Myles won an award from Boston's Berklee College of Music for a jazz piano performance with "The Jazz Machine" (two-time national champions of the annual High School Jazz Band Competition at the Berklee College of Music), and then again in 2012 he was awarded for his outstanding musicianship at the Berklee College of Music. In 2007 a videotaped performance of Myles playing four different instruments on an original song was licensed to the Nickelodeon show "iCarly.” A similar video of Myles went viral when Yahoo put it on their home page with the title reading, "One Boy Band.” While in elementary school Myles won a national award for an original song on which he recorded the guitar, piano, bass, and drums.
Myles has also received many honorable mentions, all of which he greatly appreciates. Sid Bernstein, who is best known as the promoter who brought Beatles to America, said in an interview while promoting a show that featured Myles in NYC, "Myles is a bona fide prodigy that will thrill and captivate an audience.” Les Paul stated, "He reminds me of myself when I was a young boy.” Levon Helm, Grammy winner and legendary drummer of The Band said, "He may be a boy, but he sure plays like a man.” An audience member summed up best what many people feel after hearing Myles play, "It's like seeing a musical legend in the making - this is a can't miss show."
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