Minsky Delmonte is a festive, energetic, solo steel drum musician whose repertoire draws from original compositions and a wide variety of musical genres. His friendly and lively stage presence will uplift you, make you tap your feet and bring a smile to your face. He goes out of his way to create a smooth sound from an inherently percussive instrument.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, home of the steel drum/steel pan, his interest in the national instrument didn't develop until he joined his high school steel band in Englewood, New Jersey. He further developed dexterity playing under the baton of ace arranger Ken " Professor" Philmore in Brooklyn New York's annual steel band competition.
"The innovative Asheville, North Carolina based steel drummer Jonathan Scales brings new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument on his sophomore release, picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius." -JazzTimes.
The steel pan - an amazing musical discovery born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago, is often times associated with sandy beaches, tropical climates, and cruise ships: that’s not exactly what you get at a show by the jazz-fusion quartet, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra.