When I first heard B.B. King on the "Live In Cook County Jail" recording. I was floored how much heart and soul goes into every note B.B. King plays and sings. B.B. King is the main reason I started incorporating blues in my playing, Below is some history on this Legendary guitarist!
For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. B.B.'s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot," became so popular, it was expanded and became the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.
After B.B. King's number one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," B.B. began touring nationally. In 1956, B.B. and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands! B.B. has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. B.B. King has been a model, from Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton and all styles of guitarist, from Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fusion, Country.
B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987, and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo(MS) College in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes College of Memphis in 1990; Mississippi Valley State University in 2002 and Brown University in 2007. In 1992, he received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.
B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone," went to #15 pop. B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world.
B.B. Kings recent recordings include: One Kind Favor,Playlist Plus,B.B. King Live,Indianola Mississippi Seeds,Chronicles [3 CD Box Set]. DVD's include: B.B. King Live, Blues Summit Concert,BB King Blues Session,Live at Nicks.
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Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A four-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, and many, many others.
Robben’s first attempt at forming his own jazz quartet was picked up by legendary blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, bringing Robben to L.A. He toured the U.S. and Europe with Witherspoon and was seen by Tom Scott, and members of The L.A. Express, who were about to begin a promotional tour with Joni Mitchell for her recording “Court and Spark”. Ford was invited to play guitar on the tour and played on two recordings with Mitchell and The L.A. Express.
Robben’s 1988 release for Warner Brothers, “Talk to Your Daughter” brought his first Grammy nomination (Best Contemporary Blues Recording) and he started touring the world under his own name. After leaving Warner Brothers, Robben signed with Stretch/GRP records. Robben recorded three CDs for them with his band “The Blue Line” (Tom Brechtlein on drums and Roscoe Beck on bass). After eight years, Robben disbanded the group and recorded two more CDs for the label which had then become Stretch/Blue Thumb: “Tiger Walk” (an instrumental recording done in New York with Keith Richard’s rhythm section) and “Supernatural”, Ford’s most accomplished work up to that point as a songwriter.
Robben then signed with Concord Records, the largest independently owned record company. In 2002, he released “Blue Moon”, and in 2003 “Keep on Runnin’”.
Robben Ford'd most recent recording include: Truth,Jing Chi,Jing Chi Live CD,Handful of Blues,Supernatural. DVD's include: The Art Of Blues Rhythm,"Playing the Blues","The Blues and Beyond", Robben Ford & The Blue Line LIVE "Ohne Filter".
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Legendary Drummer Steve Gadd is a Musician's Musician in the world of Drummers. Steve has so much feel, is Versatile in a all styles and does them all so well. You might know him best for playing with other huge name Artist as: Eric Clapton, Chuck Mangione,Paul Simon, Weather Reoprt, Barbra Streisand,Chick Corea, Mike Brecker, James Taylor, and countless other recordings.
Here is a little history about Legendary Drummer Steve Gadd.
Steve Gadd was born April 9th, 1945 in Rochester, N.Y. At age three his Uncle Eddie
(a former army drummer) gave him his first pair of sticks and a round piece of wood, which was his practice pad. Four years later he started his first private studies with Elmer Frolig at Levis Music. When Steve was 14 he met John Beck, who then became his teacher right thru til his graduation from The Eastman School Of Music.
Upon graduation from Eastridge High School continued his studies first at the Manhattan School of Music and then returned to The Eastman School and his teacher John Beck. Another important relationship began with Chick Corea around 1965. Steve started a trio with Mike Holmes and Tony Levin, this was 1972. One of his first major gigs was with Mike Maineri's White Elephant, who's ensemble featured artist's such as The Brecker Brothers, John Faddis, Warren Bernhardt and many others who all went on to becoming the cream of New Yorks first call studio musicians.
Recently In early September, Steve reunited and recorded a new album with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet! Steve is performing with Joe Sample and Randy Crawford.
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Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an singer and songwriter whose guitar playing continues to be a considerable influence on rock music. After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. Hendrix's innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. After being discharged due to an injury he received during a parachute jump, Jimmy began working as a session guitarist under the name Jimmy James. By the end of 1965, Jimmy had played with several marquee acts, including Ike and Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, the Isley Brothers, and Little Richard.
In the fall of 1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience quickly became the talk of London Featuring drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. The Experience's first single, "Hey Joe," spent ten weeks on the UK charts, topping out at spot No. 6 in early 1967. The debut single was quickly followed by the release of a full-length album Are You Experienced.
It wasn't until he returned to America in June 1967 that he ignited the crowd at the Monterey International Pop Festival with his incendiary performance of "Wild Thing." Literally overnight, The Jimi Hendrix Experience became one of most popular and highest grossing touring acts in the world. It also has been told that Jimi Hendrix was the first singer to use vibrato.
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Metheny's versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than twenty years - an association that has been compared to the Lennon/McCartney and Ellington/Strayhorn partnerships by critics and listeners alike. Metheny's body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
As well as being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator. At 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he also received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later (1996).
Pat Metheny has also won 17 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums.
Recent Projects Pat Metheny has done are: UPOJENIE: PAT METHENY & ANNA MARIA JOPEK; TOKYO DAY TRIP (EP); DAY TRIP,,,,,
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Steve Smith began studying music at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1972. There he received valuable instruction from such renowned teachers as Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson.
In 1974 Smith's professional career began in full, at 19 years old, with his tenure in the Lin Biviano Big Band, which he toured and recorded with for the next two years. At that same time he also performed with bebopper Buddy DeFranco and was a member of free-jazz group The Fringe featuring George Garzone. In 1976, Smith began his association with jazz/fusion by joining violinist Jean Luc Ponty and recording the album "Enigmatic Ocean" (Atlantic 1977), which also featured guitarist Allan Holdsworth. However, it was while touring with rocker Ronnie Montrose a year later that Smith was asked to join the popular rock band Journey which brought his playing to the attention of a young rock audience.
In 1985 Smith left Journey to pursue his original passion, jazz, and to continue his developing career as a session player. Smith began leading his own fusion band Steve Smith and Vital Information. Steve is also the bandleader of Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy, a group carrying on the tradition of many of the great drummer-led jazz bands.
Steve Smith has worked with: Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Zakir Hussain, George Brooks’ Summit, the Buddy Rich Big Band,Dave Liebman, Anthony Jackson, Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, Tom Coster, Larry Coryell, Jerry Goodman, Howard Levy, Steve Marcus, Scott Henderson, Victor Wooten. Just to name a few...........
Steve Smith's Recent works include:Flashpoint,Modern Drummer Presents Drum Nation,Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies: Live at Ronnie Scott's, Set Two. For more about Steve Smith, CD's and Video Clips. Click on Link..............................
In addition to Jerry Douglas 's eleven solo releases and countless special projects, Jerry Douglas has played on more than 1600 albums. As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Peter Rowan, Béla Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Phish, Dolly Parton, T Bone Burnett, Paul Simon, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Frisell, John Fogerty, Nanci Griffith, Tony Rice, Elvis Costello, and James Taylor, as well as performing on the landmark O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
As a producer, he has overseen albums by the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. He has been part of such notable groups as The Whites, J. D. Crowe and the New South, the Country Gentlemen, and Strength in Numbers. Since 1998, Douglas has been a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum albums. Douglas has received twelve Grammy Awards. He has also won the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Jerry Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
When not on the road with Alison Krauss + Union Station, Douglas tours with his own band known as, The Jerry Douglas Band. Jerry Douglas most recent release is GLIDE.
Others include: The Best of the Sugar Hill, Jerry Douglas Dobro Techniques, The Best Kept Secret, Lookout For Hope, Restless on the Farm, Bourbon & Rosewater, Slide Rule,kip, Hop, & Wobble, Everything Is Gonna Work Out Fine...
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My Good Friend Chris Kent won a Grammy with Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather's project, No Substitutions. Chris Kent is also on the DVD. Currently, Chris plays bass with country artist Lorrie Morgan. Chris is also on of the top A list session players in Nashville. Chris also does a lot of jazz, r&b and blues around town in Nashville.
Chris also has a New CD out Smooth Worship.
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1969 to join Tony Williams's group Lifetime. He subsequently played with Miles Davis on his landmark albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew
McLaughlin's 1970s electric band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra  included violinist Jerry Goodman (later Jean-Luc Ponty), keyboardist Jan Hammer (later Gayle Moran and Stu Goldberg), bassist Rick Laird (later Ralphe Armstrong), and drummer Billy Cobham (later Narada Michael Walden).
His reputation as a "first-call" session player grew, resulting in recordings as a sideman with Miroslav Vitous, Larry Coryell, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, The Rolling Stones and others.
In 1979, he teamed up with flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and jazz guitarist Larry Coryell (replaced by Al Di Meola in the early 1980s) as the Guitar Trio. For the fall tour of 1983, they were joined by Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse, who opened the show as a soloist and participated with The Trio in the closing numbers.
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Joe Diorio spent much of the early '60s in Chicago, playing with such stellar jazz musicians as saxophonist Sonny Stitt and trombone player Bennie Green. He made his recording debut on tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris' 1961 album, Exodus to Jazz.
Together with trumpet and saxophone player Ira Sullivan, Diorio relocated to Miami, Florida, where he quickly found a place in the city's thriving jazz scene. In addition to playing with top-notch musicians including Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, and Stanley Turrentine, he led his own trio, featuring Bob Magnusson and Jim Plank.
Starting with a jazz improvisation class that he taught at the University of Miami, Diorio increasingly turned his focus to teaching. Joe is a highly respected educator and currently teaches at the University of Southern California. He was also one of the first instructors for the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.) He has published several instructional books and videos, and has released 10 albums under his name.
Joe Diorio has performed with legends of jazz like Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, and Freddie, Robben Ford, Gary Willis, David Becker and fellow guitar education legend Mick Goodrick.
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Session musician and guitarist Michael Landau has played on albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Seal, Steve Perry, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, James Taylor, Helen Watson, Wilson Phillips, Amy Holland, Joni Mitchell, Richard Marx, Miles Davis and Vasco Rossi. Along with fellow session guitarists Waddy Wachtel, Steve Lukather and Dann Huff, he played on many major label releases recorded in LA during the 1980s-1990s. He has reportedly appeared on over 600 albums and soundtrack recordings.
As a teenager Michael Landau quickly became very interested in jazz and electric jazz music. In the mid-1970s he toured the west coast as part of The Robben Ford Band, at 19 joined Boz Scaggs for a world tour and by the age of 20 he started to do session work. Notable sessions over the coming years would include Richard Marx, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, B. B. King, James Taylor, Seal, Ray Charles and Rod Stewart.
In 1989 he released his first solo album "Tales from the Bulge", an instrumental record initially released in Japan and on Creatchy records in the US. Wayne Shorter, Steve Tavaglione, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carlos Vega, Steve Lukather and Jimmy Johnson were among some of the players on this release.
In 1990 he formed the band "Burning Water" with brother Teddy Landau, David Frazee and Carlos Vega. They put out 4 discs of original material. In 1993 he won the readers poll for Best Studio Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine. He currently tours and performs with his own Group, Hazey Jane, Dustin Boyer, Kirk Fletcher, Robben Ford, The Jazz Ministry, Stolen Fish, The Wreckers and James Taylor.
Michael Landau's most recent project, "The Michael Landau Group Live"..
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Grammy-nominated bass guitar player Anthony Jackson initially invented what has now caught on as the “six-string bass,” - a bass guitar tuned B-E-A-D-G-C. His idea, which he called the contrabass guitar, precedes any modern standard six string bass by at least twenty years. Jackson said that the idea for adding more strings to what was previously the “Fender bass” came from a limited range and frustration with the decreased sonority and loss of upper range of de-tuned strings.
Though Anthony Jackson came up with the idea some years previously, and first approached various luthiers about the construction of his idea in about 1974, he began playing the six string bass exclusively in 1981. Carl Thompson built the first 6-string for Jackson in 1975. But he later switched to basses built by Vinnie Fodera and Joey Lauricella.
Anthony Jackson has worked with : Michel Camilo,Chick Corea,Billy Cobham,Steely Dan,
Al Di Meola,Donald Fagen,Roberta Flack,Steve Gadd,Chaka Khan,Steve Khan,Wayne Krantz,
Bireli Lagrene,Bireli Lagrene,Pat Metheny,Bireli Lagrene,Michel Petrucciani,Simon Phillip,
Lee Ritenour,Alejandro Sanz,Paul Simon,Mike Stern,Hiromi,Michael Urbaniak,Dave Weckl and others.
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When I started getting more into Jazz,Blues,Fusion, and Classical, somewhere around JR. High School. Steve Howe was the first guitar hero for me. The first music book I owned was Yes Complete and sat for hours working out parts from the book and recordings. Below is some history on Legendary Guitarist Steve Howe.
For nearly 35 years, Steve Howe has been at the forefront of guitarists in popular music. Actually, simply referring to Howe as a just a guitarist is limiting. In addition to being a songwriter, he plays more instruments than just the guitar. If it has strings and a fretboard, Howe has mastered it and recorded with it at some point on one of countless albums he's been a part of as a group member, solo artist and special guest.
In the spring of 1970, Steve Howe joined Yes and played his first show with the group at Queen Elizabeth Hall on March 21, 1970. Steve Howe was pictured with the group on the non-Europe jacket of their second album, Time and a Word, which was released in August, although it was Banks who had actually played on the recording.
Beginning with The Yes Album, Steve Howe's electric and acoustic guitars, combined with Jon Anderson's vocals, Chris Squire's bass, and Tony Kaye's keyboards were seen as an essential part of the band's early sound. The addition of Rick Wakeman after the departure of Tony Kaye for the following album, Fragile, created the classic Yes sound of Anderson-Howe-Squire-Bruford-Wakeman associated with the peak of the band's early achievements. To his already-formidable assortment of electric and acoustic guitar sounds, Steve Howe added a unique prog-rock approach to pedal steel guitar in the next album, Close to the Edge. His classical and jazz influences, along with his penchant for ongoing experimentation, helped produce a playing style unique among rock musicians, while the group as a whole took a position as a leading progressive rock band.
Howe was voted "Best Overall Guitarist" in Guitar Player magazine five years in a row (1977 - 1981) and was inducted into Guitar Player's "Gallery of Greats" in 1981. Gibson Guitar Corporation, the maker of Howe's second electric guitar (which he was still playing forty years later), said that Howe "elevated rock guitar into an art form" and "helped define a new style of music known as art rock." In a tribute to Howe and his personal favourite ES-175
guitar, Gibson produced a Steve Howe Signature ES-175 in 2002.
In October, 1975, Steve Howe released Beginnings, his first solo album. It featured Yes band members Alan White, Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz and reached number 63 in the US and number 22 in the UK charts. Steve Howe second solo work, The Steve Howe Album, was released in November, 1979. Steve Howe played alone on half of the tracks, while others again feature White, Bruford and Moraz, along with vocalist Claire Hamill. Since 1991, Steve Howe has released a solo recording almost every year, ranging from acoustic to progressive to a Bob Dylan tribute. In 2001 was released Natural Timbre, exclusively with acoustic guitars. His son Dylan, now a respected jazz musician, played the drums on his 1998 all-instrumental solo release, Quantum Guitar, while Elements, released in 2003, featured both Dylan and Howe's younger son Virgil (keyboards and vocals), as part of a project called Remedy.
On May 24, 1996, Howe received an honorary Ph.D. in Music from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York. n 2007, Howe founded the Steve Howe Trio, a jazz band completed by his son Dylan on drums and Ross Stanley on Hammond organ.
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Born in Pativilca, Peru, Acuña played in local bands from the age of ten, and moved to Lima as a teenager. At the age of eighteen he joined the band of Perez Prado, and in 1967 he moved to Puerto Rico. In 1974 Acuña moved to Las Vegas, working with artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, and the following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report, appearing on the albums Black Market and Heavy Weather.
Alex Acuña left Weather Report in 1978, and became a session musician in California, recording and playing live with: Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Walker, Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Plácido Domingo, Phil Keaggy, Sergeant Petter, Sam Phillips, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Flack, U2, and Al Jarreau to name a few.
Alex Acuna can also be found on recordings by musicians as culturally diverse as Lee Ritenour, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, Robbie Robertson & Jackson Browne.
Recent recording include: No Accent (Alex Acuna and The Unknowns), Los Hijos Del Sol "To My Country"
The Unknowns are: Alex Acuña - Drums & Percussion, Pedro Eustache - Saxophones, Flute and Duduk, Richie Gajate-Garcia - Percussion, John Peña - Bass,Otmaro Ruiz - Piano & Keyboards, Ramon Stagnaro - Acoustic & Electric Guitars.
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Paulinho Da Costa percussionist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is considered one of the most recorded musicians of modern times. Playing over 200 percussion instruments, he participated in thousands of recording sessions, Grammy Award winning albums, hit songs, soundtracks, radio and television commercials.
He has done crossover work in a variety of music genres including: Brazilian, Blues, Christian, Country, Disco, Gospel, hip hop, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul, and World Music.
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Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. Jim Hall's live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary. Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world's favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger.
In addition to the recent focus on orchestral and choral composition, Jim remains active as a player, working and recording with a variety of ensembles all around the world. In addition to working with his trio, Jim likes to spice up the mix with various guests. From time to time you might hear Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, the New York Voices, Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny, Slide Hampton, and others, working for a night or two with Jim's groups.
Jim’s latest projects, “Magic Meeting,” a CD featuring the Jim Hall Trio with Scott Colley and Lewis Nash, was recorded live and Hemispheres". It began as a duo project with Bill Frisell and then it grew from duet to quartet. The quartet incudes: Scott Colley on bass and Joey Baron on drums.
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Steve Lukathers father bought him a guitar (a simple Kay acoustic) and a copy of Meet the Beatles at the age of seven, Luke started to play drums and keyboards. The guitar and the Beatles album changed the life of the young Steve Lukather. In the years following Steve Lukather taught himself how to play the guitar. Steve hung out with older friends who showed him how to play and how to set the chords. At high school he met the Porcaro brothers who were a couple of years older than him. Steve started taking lessons with (classical/jazz/country player) Jimmy Wyble. Jimmy Wyble taught Steve how to read and he took a lot of other classes, like orchestration.
During his high school period especially Jeff Porcaro turned out to be like a brother and mentor for Steve Lukather. After playing and touring with Boz Scaggs, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro asked Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, David Hungate and Steve Porcaro in 1976 to join for their own band Toto. In the meantime David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and people like Jay Graydon involved Lukather more and more in the session business. In the late seventies and the eighties Lukather showed himself a first class and first called session musician, who played with everybody on the planet!
In September 1977 Toto released their first album Toto that generated the hit singles Hold the line, I'll supply the love and Georgy Porgy. The year 1982 turned out to be the most successful (commercially) in Toto's and Lukather's career. Lukather, Paich and Jeff and Steve Porcaro contributed heavily to Michael Jackson's Thriller album, that turned out to be the most successful album in music history ever (over 50 million copies). The album Toto IV went platinum and the hitsingles Rosanna and Africa became all time classics. A year later Toto received six golden grammophones at the Grammy Awards in relation to Toto IV and Lukather gained a Grammy for best rhythm & blues song Turn your love around, co-written with Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin.
After touring with Jeff Beck, Simon Phillips and Carlos Santana in Japan, Lukather released in 1989 his first solo album Lukather, music wise a very heterogeneous album with contributions of lots of musical friends he respected and had worked with: Michael Landau, Danny Kortchmar, Randy Goodrum, Eddie Van Halen, David Paich, Steve Stevens, Jeff Porcaro, Richard Marx etc. In the same year he released the first (self-titled) album of his side project Los Lobotomys, live recorded with the cream of westcoast musicians like David Garfield, Jeff Porcaro, Vince Colaiuta and Will Lee.
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Many of my guitar friends would always mention Miles Davis and how he influenced so many fusion players. The first Miles Davis recording I picked up was Kind Of Blue. I was again floored, how some on could get a killer tone out of a Trumpet and make such simple music groove so hard. Below is some history on the Legendary Miles davis.
Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer was Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s: Miles Davis played on various early bebop records and recorded one of the first cool jazz records; Miles Davis was partially responsible for the development of hard bop and modal jazz, and both jazz-funk and jazz fusion arose from his work with other musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s; and his final album blended jazz and rap. Many leading jazz musicians made their names in Davis's groups, including pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist John Coltrane, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and guitarist John McLaughlin.
On March 13, 2006 Davis was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame, Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, and Down Beat's Jazz Hall of Fame. Davis's influences included late 1960s acid rock and funk artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.
Essential Miles Davis recordings: Kind of Blue,'Round About Midnight,Bitches Brew,My Funny Valentine,Tutu,E.S.P., We Want Miles.
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Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) Is considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Pat Martino, Jerry Garcia, and Pat Metheny.
Wes Montgomery started learning guitar at the age of 19, listening to and learning recordings of his idol, the guitarist Charlie Christian. He was known for his ability to play Christian solos note for note and was hired by Lionel Hampton for this ability.
Wes Montgomery often approached solos in a three-tiered manner: He would begin a repeating progression with single note lines, derived from scales or modes; after a fitting number of sequences, he would play octaves for a few more sequences, finally culminating with block chords. Instead of using a guitar pick, Montgomery plucked the strings with the fleshy part of his thumb, using downstrokes for single notes and a combination of upstrokes and downstrokes for chords and octaves.
Wes Montgomery generally played a Gibson L-5CES guitar. In his later years he played one of two guitars that Gibson custom made for him. Wes Montgomery often a Fender Twin tube amp. In Wes Montgomery's later years, he played a solid state Standel amp with a 15 inch speaker.
Some of the best Wes Montgomery recordings can be found on Riverside lable and Verse label. Some of my Favorite Wes Montgomery recordings are: Smokin' at the Half Note,The Wes Montgomery Trio, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery.
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Jerry Reed (March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008), was an American country music singer, country guitarist, session musician, songwriter, and actor who appeared in over a dozen films.
Known in country music as "The Guitar Man," singer-songwriter Jerry Reed gained recognition not only for a successful solo career but also as an actor and ace session player. Jerry Reed was signed by publisher and producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise," at age 18. He continued releasing both country and rockabilly singles to little notice until rocker Gene Vincent covered his "Crazy Legs" in 1958.
Jerry Reed may be best known for "Amos Moses", and "When You're Hot, You're Hot", for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1972 and "East Bound and Down", the theme song to the film Smokey and the Bandit in which he portrayed the "Snowman", Cledus Snow.
In 1971 Jerry Reed's biggest hit, the chart-topper "When You're Hot, You're Hot," which was also the title track of his first solo album and reached #9 on the Pop charts. A second collaboration with Atkins, Me & Chet, followed in 1972, as did a series of Top 40 singles, which alternated between frenetic, straightforward country offerings and more pop-flavored, countrypolitan material. A year later, he scored his second number one single with "Lord, Mr. Ford" (written by Dick Feller), from the album of the same name.
Chet Atkins, who frequently produced Reed's music, remarked that he had to encourage Reed to put instrumental numbers on his own albums, as Reed always considered himself more of a songwriter than a player. Atkins, however, thought Reed was a better fingerstyle player than he himself was; Reed, according to Atkins, helped him work out the fingerpicking for one of Atkins' biggest hits, "Yakety Axe." Reed, one of only three people to have the title of "Certified Guitar Player", was given this title by Chet Atkins. An award only bestowed to those who have completely mastered guitar.
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How MTV Is Trying to Reinvent Itself to Combat Sinking Ratings and Disinterested Teens
By NY Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
"A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars."
— NY Times
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What can I say about Jay Graydon. He has done so much for me, Thanks aren't enough.
Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
you will find everything about this twice Grammy awarded (Best R&B songs) and 12 times Grammy nominated (among the top 5 finalists) Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, engineer, and more. To check out Jay's killer gear, studio, CD's and happening projects.
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