'SOUTH SIDE' JERRY MELLIX
Jerry Mellix, aka ‘SOUTH SIDE JERRY’ has been entertaining audiences with his unique musical sound and style in and around Pittsburgh, PA and in various parts of these United States since the mid 1960’s. His only hiatus from show business was the three years he spent with the U.S. Army, one of which was in Vietnam.
Rhythm & Blues and Jazz & Blues has been Jerry’s music genre of choice. He is quite proud of having performed sax and vocals in premier venues such as Resorts International Casino and Trump Plaza in Atlantic City to the jazz and blues bars of Louisiana’s French Quarter and numerous venues in Las Vegas (Bally’s), Carson City and Reno (Atlantis Casino).
In addition to playing with many Pittsburgh entertainers, Jerry has performed with national recording artists. In 1969 Jerry was playing saxophone in warm up/back up bands performing in and near Pittsburgh and the tristate area, including Lee Dorsey, The Temptations, The O’Jays, The Coasters and Pittsburgh’s own The Marcels. In 2002, Jerry was hired to support B.B. King’s daughter, Shirley King, for a gig in Ontario, Canada.
In addition to hearing Jerry on his 2000 release, BLUES ‘n’ AT (the name is a play on Pittsburgh vernacular), his first as a band leader, he can be heard on numerous recordings by local and tristate artists and appears in videos that feature nationally known recording artists popular in the 50’s thru the 70’s, such as: The Clovers, The Marcels, Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five, The Diablos, Frankie Ford and a host of others.
In 2011 Jerry began performing with JJF’s Mike Scheer’s Blues Junkies, which led to guest appearances with Jumpin’ Jack Flash covering the sax leads of one of the best sax players of any genre, Mr. Bobby Keys (it’s Bobby’s horn you hear on most of ‘The Stones’ sax solos). “South Side” Jerry fell in love with this form of Classic Rock and the high energy performance of JJF. Finally in 2016, after a three year ‘audition’ as a featured performer, Jerry earned a permanent spot with the band. “This position with Jumpin’ Jack Flash and the band members came along at the ideal time in my musical career and private life.”
When Jerry isn’t performing with Jumpin’ Jack Flash, he can be seen with his own group, South Side Jerry & Friends.