Mike Zito

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When Mike Zito was growing up in St. Louis, he knew he wanted to be a professional musician, and he knew that one job would grant him access to some of his favorite players in the city: working in a music store.

“All of the musicians in town came to that store, so I was really fortunate," he says. "I met all these great musicians, and how to play music for a living, how to get out and do gigs.”

From there, Zito focused on learning as many different styles of music as he could.