Mitch Stein (Keys) is one of the West Coast's most in-demand keyboardists. He has played piano since the age of 4, is both classically trained and formally trained in Jazz at the Berklee College Of Music, and has performed and/or recorded with such jazz, blues, rock and funk greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Paul McCandless, Frank Morgan, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Weir, David Grisman, Narada Michael Walden, Norton Buffalo, George Porter Jr., Mike Clark, Charles Neville, Jim Keltner, Derek Trucks, Joaquin Lievano, Peter Cetera, Gary Burton, Phil Lesh, Leland Sklar, Scott Page, Betty Carter, Johnny Nitro, Freddie Hubbard, Karl Denson, Joan Osborne, Jon Anderson, Steve Kujala, Bernard Purdie, Larry Braggs, Wendell Brunious, Luther Tucker, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, The Headhunters, Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin, Reggie Scanlan, Max Weinberg, The Greyboy Allstars, John Entwistle, John Lee Hooker, Little Jimmy Scott, Buddy Rich, Les Claypool, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Tootie Heath, Melvin Seals, Zero, John Heard, Mickey Hart, Fred Staehle, Rob Wasserman, Donna Jean Godcheaux, Peter Albin, Peter Rowan, Dark Star Orchestra, Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, Harvey Mandel, Al Foster, Jerry Jumonville, Von and Chico Freeman, Steve Rodby, Papa John Creach, and many others. In addition to his role in Groove Division and his other bands Mitch Stein & His All-Star Band and Stein/Saunders/Vitt (featuring bassist Tony Saunders and the late, great drummer Bill Vitt), Mitch is one of the founding members of -- and keyboardist for -- the acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute CRYPTICAL, and is a recurring member in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. In early 2012, Mitch joined together Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan from The New Orleans Radiators plus drummer Eric Bolivar (Anders Osborne, Pimps Of Joytime), to form GATORATORS. The band had its debut at Jazzfest 2012 in New Orleans, and sold out two nights at Sweetwater, where Bob Weir and Mark Karan joined the band for some extended jamming. One of Mitch's more memorable gigs was when he was hired to perform solo jazz piano at Mick Jagger's daughter Karis' wedding, and another was when his trio played at a private birthday party Mick threw for Jerry Hall the following day. Mitch composed, produced and performed the score for several best-selling SuperNintendo video games including Taz-Mania and Clay Fighter, and was the exclusive composer of DeadRingers, officially licensed classic Grateful Dead ringtones for cell phones.
Mitch is also a veteran feature film producer (he goes by "Mitchell" in the film world), and has produced or been on the production team for projects for LucasArts, Commercial Pictures, Walt Disney Productions, New World Pictures, American Playhouse, (c)olossal Pictures, Nintendo, InterPlay, Electronic Arts, SunSoft, U.S. Gold, and others. Mitch produced two Sundance Film Festival Official Selections (Dream With the Fishes starring David Arquette and Cathy Moriarty, and Christmas in the Clouds starring Graham Greene and M. Emmet Walsh) that both received worldwide theatrical and home video distribution. Oprah Winfrey called Christmas in the Clouds her "must-see" holiday film. Mitch also co-produced The Earth Will Swallow You, a feature-length documentary/performance film about -- and starring -- the popular rock band Widespread Panic. His current active productions include a 3-D feature film/videogame project based upon a novel to which he acquired the rights, a feature-length documentary about James Brown's band, and a music-based reality television series.
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