Fog combines the talents of four internationally lauded musicians: three — multi-reed player Matt Renzi, guitarist Brad Buethe and bassist Peter Barshay — resident in San Francisco, and one — drummer/percussionist Brian Melvin — who has for some years resided in Estonia.
Over the course of his career, Brian has played and recorded with many of the world’s leading musicians. Not limited by styles, he’s worked with Joe Henderson, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Bobo Stenson, Toots Thielemans, Richard Bona, Bob Weir, Greg Allman and many more.
One of Brian’s formative associations was with the Hall of Fame bassist Jaco Pastorius. They were good friends and made five historic recordings together, including “Standards Zone” (Global Pacific Records), which was the No. 1 jazz album for 15 weeks. A more recent project, Beatlejazz, has seen all four of its cd releases reach the top ten.
Having lived in New York and Europe, Brian is no stranger to the international jazz scene. He lived and played in New York a few different times, starting in 1987. In the late 80s, he was the house drummer at the Blue Note jazz club after hours sessions, and played in the Mike Stern trio for two years at the famous 55 bar. It was also during this period that Brian and Dave Kikoski started a long musical and personal friendship, which continues currently in Beatlejazz. In 1998-99 he shared living quarters with Al Foster and played all over New York and up and down the east coast.
Recently, Brian has been involved in projects in the States and Europe, including Beatlejazz, Fog and many others. Having resided for some years in Tallinn, Estonia, Brian teaches workshops and masterclasses all over Europe while also playing in countless settings. He’s active in world music, playing tablas and various hand drums along with electric percussion along with the drum kit. Current projects include Modern Times and Drum Prana from Estonia and Fog from San Francisco.