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The Chicago born native became interested in music at the early age of eight when his mom gave him a guitar for Christmas. At the age of 15, he began studying music and woodwinds under Louis Gray, high school band director (Crane HS). . His first performance was playing at a high school graduation, and he says he was greatly influenced by Grover Washington Jr., Crusaders, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder He moved to the Caribbean where he continued to pursue his musical career. Mekiel returned to the United States and moved to Los Angeles, CA to further his musical. Following his dream of becoming a recording artist, he continued his music studies with the legendary saxophonist Bill Greene (improvisation lessons). He also studied music and marketing at Los Angeles City College and West Los Angeles City College. Then when Mekiel had over a hundred compositions under his belt, he started his own label with the name of MekMuse Records. He now has several releases to his credit: (1994) “Miles Away” (a dedication to Miles Davis), (1996), “Simply Peaceful,” (2000) “Shadows of Love,” (2005) “Hangin in the Moonlight” and (2009) “Cookin’ in East L.A”. (2012) .” If you were here tonight” (2019) M.R. (2020) Chances Are What They Are
Mekiel Reuben has shared stages with so many musicians on festivals and concert venues throughout North America (the United States and Canada) and Europe.
Mekiel Reuben has dedicates his talent and time for over two decades to disable students at the LAUSD, Benjamin Banneker Special Education Center when he is not on tour or performing. He has brought great joy to disabled students with music. He now resides in St. Croix US Virgin Islands and has been a regular Jazz artist at the famous “Buccaneer hotel “ Christiansted St. Croix US Virgin Islands.