"John Armato is a very versatile musician, being equally comfortable kicking a big band, playing small group jazz, or reading a show. In addition to his impeccable musicianship, John also conducts himself with professionalism at all times. His keen sense of humor and attention to detail make him a joy to work with for both leaders and other sidemen. I highly recommend John to anyone who is not just looking for a good drummer but for an excellent musician who will strive to make a positive impact on any musical situation he is in."
"John Armato is a singer's drummer. He matches every subtle tone, melodic phrase and excited lyrical overture the voice can create. His sticks and brushes are a vocal cord's best friend."
"I still remember when I first met John at our gig in Kansas City at The Marriott. We were doing everything from ballads and "stop-time" tap dance routines to bebop at "warp 7 speed". We were accustomed to using only John Cushon. When it was time for John to tour with Oleta Adams, he immediately suggested that we call his friend, John Armato. I was, and continue to be, very impressed with his ability to fit into such an intense and totally unpredictable situation as the one that we put him in. Thanks for being such a pro, John. California has now received yet another phenomenal talent."
The McFadden Brothers
Former featured act with Wayne Newton