Erykah Badu Drummer Drops In on the Monday Night Jam

By Will | Nov 23, 2008

Drummer Jonathan Merla photo by Ken Maniscalco

We have a name to place with the face! The “new guy” last week who blew the place away with his drumming and conga playing was Jonathan Merla.

Jonathan is probably best known for his work with multiple Grammy-winner Erykah Badu, but he’s also played with The Peoples Republic and Paris Nicole Strother & Gentlemen, as well as many other musicians and writers. Jonathan is from Dallas, TX but lately has been living in Boston, MA attending the Berklee College of Music.

I believe it was during either The Letter (give me a ticket for an aeroplane) or Black Magic Woman when Stan told the band to “bring it down, I wanna hear this guy!”. After that solo, everyone knew this young man was bringing some serious heat, especially on the congas!

We really enjoyed Jonathan’s playing and look forward to his visiting us again in the future!

8 Comments so far
  1. Lisa November 23, 2008 11:19 pm

    A great pic, Kenneth!

  2. Kenneth November 24, 2008 11:20 am

    Thanks Lisa. I hope to come back tonight and try to get a few more.

  3. Jerry Beach November 24, 2008 4:36 pm

    I want to personally thank Will for the great Monday Night Blues Jam website, he is doing a great job. Also thanks to Lisa, Blue and Kenneth for the excellent pictures.
    You guys make me proud to be a part of the fablous Monday Night Event.

  4. Marsha November 24, 2008 8:59 pm

    Just browsing the site… you make an old ex-mil proud!

  5. Kenneth November 25, 2008 12:04 pm

    Wow! Last night was a blast!

  6. Will November 25, 2008 12:09 pm

    @Marsha- thanks for the visit! I prefer to think of you just as the “ex-MIL”, not the “old ex-MIL” ;-)

    @Kenneth- yep it was awesome wasn’t it! If only Monday could be 36 hours long so we could all get some sleep!

  7. Will November 25, 2008 12:12 pm

    Jerry- thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you like the site, hopefully it will just get better and better :)

  8. Marsha November 26, 2008 4:45 pm

    Gosh darn it I am old… and I hate it but it’s better than the alternative (or so they say… there “they” are again - who are “they”?).

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