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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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.