Boston-based jazz blues guitarist Mike DiBari made his recording debut in 1997 on his own Palomino Records and proceeded to record and release successive recordings in subsequent years, in addition to performing live. Inspired by B.B. King and Freddie King, among others, DiBari began his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, studying classical guitar with Nicholas Goluses and Mme. Segovia. In 1994 he earned a bachelor's degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying with Jon Damian, Jim Kelly, and Jon Finn. Other mentors include Harry Leahy and Pat Martino. After forming the Mike DiBari Swingtet upon the completion of his studies at Berklee, he formed the Palomino Records label and released his debut album, Jumpin' the Blues (1997). Recorded live at WJUL 91.5 FM in Lowell, MA, on the Blues Deluxe show hosted by John Guregian, the album showcased DiBari's grasp of jump blues and swing, garnering positive press in the process. His next two albums, Rotary Ahead! (2003) and Music of the Spheres (2007), featured the Mike DiBari Trio and showcased the range of his composition skills.