To call Michael DeVellis a supremely talented saxophone player would
capture only part of his musical prowess. He is a composer, producer,
and multi-instrumentalist, who has been playing professionally for
over 14 years. After beginning his musical training on the violin,
Michael eventually shifted his focus to jazz saxophone. His composed
songs stem from various diverse influences, ranging from classical
music to bebop to acid jazz.
Michael has played with several bands and deejays at renowned venues
across the U.S. and Europe, including the Jones Beach Theater and
Central Park Summer Stage in New York, the PNC Arts Center in New
Jersey, the Sunset parties in San Francisco, the legendary Montuno
Vibes parties in Belgium, and the OM Records party at the Winter Music
Conference in Miami. He has shared the stage with Leo Nocentelli (The Meters),
Oteil Burbridge (bass, Allman Brothers), Derek Trucks (lead guitar,
Allman Brothers), Grammy Award nominee Susan Tedeschi, Melvin Sparks,
Kebi Williams (Peacemakers and Outkast horns),
Jason Crosby (keyboards and violin, Robert Randolph and the Family
Band, and the Jason Crosby Band), and many others. In the house and
breaks circuit, Michael has played and recorded with such notables as
Joeski, Onionz, Spun, DJ Who, DJ Sun, Atomic Hooligan, Krafty Kutz,
Charles Feelgood, M3, Alexi Delano, John Howard, and Randall Jones.
Michael's saxophone can be heard on several record labels, including
SVEK, Siesta, Maya, Big Chief, Credence, and Renaissance.
In 2004 Michael kicked off his own production career with
the release of his first solo album, Who is Worange Drexler. The
tracks are all written, played, and recorded by Michael and reflect
influences from Herbie Hancock, DJ Dan, Tower of Power, Charlie
Parker, DJ Shadow, The Meters, and others. The album represents the
culmination of Michael's various backgrounds in jazz, funk, classical,
breaks, and trip hop, and displays his versatile talents on the alto,
tenor, and baritone saxes, trumpet, flute, French horn, violin, and
Several of these tunes are also featured on the Citrona, Groove Gravy,
and Blunted Funk labels, and his track Post Boogie was recently
featured on the national radio show, "The Groove Boutique." Reviews
have been glowing: "Post Boogie keeps the '70s funk phenomenon going
strong with deep bass lines and freestyle horn work from the
outstanding Mike DeVellis,"--Paul Dailey, DJ Times. And "Post Boogie
by Mike DeVellis is a slammin' track from the man who is well known
for his prowess on the sax," --Damon Williams, Feedback Magazine.
In addition, he started his own record label called Pockit Records featuring releases in the groove, funk, and soul genres. Michael has gone on to produce tracks for Om Records, Moodyman (part of 2020 vision records-UK) and is presently working on his second full length album that is set to release on Pockit Records this Spring. Michael has also landed a position as house composer with Sunship Films composing tracks for various projects on that outfit including the Michael Awards (for the fashion industry), Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, and others.
Discography featuring Michael DeVellis:
o Alkaline Metal, Michael DeVellis, Blunted Funk and Moodyman Recs. 2009.
o Introlecution, Michael DeVellis, Blunted Funk Recordings, 2008.
o Funkalicious, Michael DeVellis, Straight Up Recordings, 2008.
o Sea to City, Michael DeVellis and John Howard. OM Records.
o It’s Work EP, Michael DeVellis. Citrona Records summer 2005.
o Cruisin' , The Shift. Blunted Funk 2005.
o Cultural Assertion, Randall Jones. Renaissance Records 2005.
o Shout Mable, Michael DeVellis. Nu Jazz Sessions 2, Groove Gravy 2004.
o Who is Worange Drexler?, a full-length album by Michael DeVellis,
o Post Boogie, Michael DeVellis. Blunted Funk 2003.
o Valentino's Revenge, Sneak-E Pete & Jordan Vesteyo. Blunted Funk 2003.
o Unasaximous, Joeski. Big Chief Records 2002.
o Electrofunk, Sneak-E Pete & Miss Bliss (flute). Blunted Funk 2002.
o Hustler's Revenge, Joeski. Maya Recordings 2000.
o Sax Attack EP, Joeski. Siesta Recordings 2000.
o That Sax Song, Alexi Delano. Svek 1997.