I left Northern California and moved to the Atlanta area in January 2007. I have been playing guitar for 45 years. I was a "road warrior" for 28 years. I am currently available for work with established, working groups in the Atlanta Metro area. I am available to play fulltime, be it local or on the road. I am into smooth jazz, funk and blues. I have also played rock and a little country. My early influence was the Memphis STAX sound and got into Wes Montgomery and Howard Roberts around the same time.
I started playing professionally in clubs in 1968. I have worked with and shared the stage with many big name performers. I just love to play, it never goes away. I am also a vocalist, singing both lead and background. I have my own equipment, both electric and acoustic guitars. I have also been involved with MIDI sequencing since 1986. I have earned the respect of many keyboardists in my sequencing abilities.
I am also a solo guitarist performing in a "one-man-band" format. I generally play smooth jazz and produce a much bigger sound than that of a typical single performer. Recently, I have been providing background music for wine tasting events. I am available to perform and provide music for any upcoming event(s) that your organization might be planning. Please feel free to contact me for more information.
Funk influences: James Brown, Dyke & The Blazers, Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, The Meters, Funkadelic, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, etc.
Blues influences: B.B. King, Albert King, Little Milton, Johnny Taylor, Little Johnny Taylor, Bobby "Blue" Bland and others.
Rock influences: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, YES, Grand Funk Railroad, The James Gang and more.
I currently listen to: Bob James, Fourplay(Lee & Larry), Dwight Sills, Peter White, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Paul Brown, Chris Standerling, Brian Culbertson, Brian Simpson and others.
I have worked with/backed up: Jimmy Witherspoon, Etta James, Lowell Folsom, T-Bone Walker, Roger Collins, J.J. Jackson, The Whispers, The Ballads, Jesse James, Vernon Garrett and more.
I have shared the stage with: The Isley Brothers, The Chambers Brothers, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, Johnny Taylor, Billy Paul, Harry James & his Orchestra, El Chicano, Willy & Lester, Sonny Turner(The Platters) and more.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."