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From platinum album sales and number one chart success as a founding member of MR. BIG, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers RACER X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, Paul Gilbert has recorded a massive amount of stunning guitar music, all while circling the globe to play sold-out arenas from Japan to Jakarta.
Paul’s style stands out for it’s rare combination of accuracy, creativity, and power – all which are balanced with Paul’s sense of humor and pure love of music.
Although Paul is best known for his work with MR. BIG and RACER X, he has also toured with Joe Satriani’s G3, played in a host of tribute concerts with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, and been integral in the design of his signature Ibanez PGM and Fireman guitars.
Paul’s legacy as a guitar instructor began when he was eighteen, when he was hired to teach at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology. Paul’s groundbreaking “Intense Rock” videos and DVDs have inspired legions of guitarists to improve their accuracy, speed, and phrasing. Years as a columnist for Guitar Player and Premier Guitar magazines, along with giving countless clinics, private lessons, and serving for five years as the dean of MI Japan, have given Paul deep experience in the art of communicating music to all levels of guitarists. Paul recently opened his Online Rock Guitar School at Artistworks to help guitarists everywhere improve their technique and musicality. And of course, Paul’s GREAT GUITAR ESCAPE is his most exciting yearly event for those who want more information and inspiration on guitar.
Over twenty-five years in the music business have only increased Paul’s passion to explore the possibilities of music and the art of playing the guitar. Whether he’s playing to 10,000 fans or jamming one-on-one with a student, Paul is living his childhood dream of taking the sounds in his head and bringing them into reality – on the electric guitar.
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As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, Andy toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes.
As a session player, he's been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (Andy has been her music director/guitarist for several U.S. tours), two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (as a regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas), Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his fave '60's singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon fame!)
Andy's musical career began in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana at the age of 13 with his first band, Taylor Bay. “Early on, I realized that making it in a rock band was such a long-shot, that I better figure out other ways of making a living playing guitar. I began reading about players like Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton who made their living as session musicians. This really appealed to me, since I really loved a wide variety of musical styles.”
The decision to pursue the studio scene led him to more serious music studies. He studied classical guitar for two years before moving to Miami to study jazz guitar at the University of Miami (largely because the Dixie Dregs, Pat Metheny, and Jaco Pastorius had all gone there). He eventually ended up in Dallas where he was very fortunate to get a foot in the door of a very good studio scene. In 1988, the Andy Timmons band was formed and he quickly gained a following in Texas. Around that time, Epic recording artists Danger Danger recruited him to finish their debut record, film several videos, and begin touring.
After 4 years in New York with Danger Danger, Andy returned to Dallas in 1993 to resume his studio career and the Andy Timmons Band. His first solo release, ear X-tacy, was released in 1994 to critical acclaim followed 1997's ear X-tacy 2. He then released Pawn Kings (1997), Orange Swirl (1998), The Spoken and the Unspoken (1999), and And-thology 1 & 2 (2000). In 2001 Andy signed with Favored Nations and released his first international record, That Was Then, This is Now, a compliation of the first two ear X-tacy records and and five new tracks. Resolution (2006) marks Andy's first full-length new release for Favored Nations.
Andy has been consistently voted a “Top 20 Favorite Guitarist” in most of Japan's rock music magazine's reader polls, as well as being voted “Musician of the Year” four years in a row in the acclaimed Dallas Observer Music Awards. He also has become one of the most respected and sought after clinicians representing Ibanez Guitars, touring the world on their behalf.
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Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine international criticʼs polls and is one of the most widely acclaimed jazz guitarists on todayʼs scene.
Mimi has released nine recordings as a leader, including her newest release on Steve Vaiʼs Favored Nations label, “Live at the Palladium.” This new DVD features Mimi in front of a sold out audience and has all the magic and excitement of a live performance. Pop Culture Classics said: “Fox demonstrates her vibrant virtuosity in this concert and turns each selection into a distinctive gem.” Just Jazz Guitar said: “This is simply jazz guitar playing at its best. Her ideas are creative, heartfelt, and sophisticated.”
2006's double CD, Perpetually Hip, received rave reviews from scores of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, which called this project Fox's "Masterwork" and said: "The two discs stand as a definitive Fox statement. The first showcases her simmering interplay with a quartet featuring drum maestro Billy Hart, while the second captures her breathtaking solo style in an approach that is as harmonically resourceful as it is lyrically inventive."
Mimi has performed/recorded with Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Houston Person, Don Lanphere, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany and Janis Siegal (Manhattan Transfer), Joey DeFranceso, Barbara Dennerlein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, and fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Hunter, and Mundell Lowe. She has also shared the stage with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and was featured on La Guitara, a special project of Vanguard recording artist Patty Larkin. Mimi has released eight highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including her two most recent on Steve Vaiʼs Favored Nations label. 2006ʼs double CD Perpetually Hip was hailed as a “masterwork” by scores of jazz publications.
Mimi maintains a whirlwind touring schedule, playing major festivals from New York to Tokyo, including tours of the Caribbean, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. International festivals include the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, the Perth International Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival among countless others. Stateside, she has headlined at elite jazz venues, including the Blue Note, Merkin Concert Hall, Sweet Rhythm, and The Village Gate in New York City, the Regattabar and Scullers in Boston, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Triple Door and Jazz Alley in Seattle, and Yoshiʼs and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Mimi Has appeared on numerous television shows, including “BET on Jazz”, and as a guest on many radio shows, including NPRʼs “piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland.
Mimi has also written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films and dance projects while receiving grants from prestigious funders such as Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council.
A respected and devoted educator with several popular books and CD-roms with Mel Bay Publications and True Fire, Mimi conducts clinics worldwide and heads the guitar department at the Jazz School in Berkeley, and is adjunct professor of jazz studies at New York University.
Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Mimi is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul and unerring ear for beauty.
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Scotty Johnson is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of music in Boston and has toured the world a few of times with a guitarist named Paul Gilbert. He can also be heard on three of Paul’s releases: ‘Bee Hive Live’, ‘Alligator Farm’, and ‘11,000 Notes’. Scotty worked with Steve Vai as the co-author and instructor of the Berklee online course “Steve Vai Guitar Techniques”.
After being signed to Mike Varney’s heavy blues-rock label Blues Bureau International in the mid nineties, Scotty has never looked back having toured and recorded with Robben Ford ‘Fords and Friends’, The Ford Blues Band, and The Blindside Blues Band.
As an active pit musician, Scotty has well over 30 theater credits to his name including “The Lion King”, “Memphis”, “The Color Purple”, “Legally Blonde”, “Chicago”, and many others. Scotty brings a unique ‘real world’ perspective to his students with an emphasis on stylistic diversity and musical literacy.
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Tony’s mastery of rock, blues, and slide guitar playing can be heard on his multiple solo albums, and has brought him into the spotlight when touring with
well-known guitarists like Steve Lukather (TOTO), Pat Travers, and Paul Gilbert.
Tony has honed his raw talent with countless gigs around the world, and brings rootsy, authentic guitar vocabulary, real-world musician survival skills, as well as his amazing vocal abilities, to the Great Guitar Escape.
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A guitarist of uncommon ability and musicality, Adam specializes in two-handed contrapuntal tapping, combining elements of baroque and jazz styles. His technique is astonishing, and the result is always musical. You’ve got to see him and hear him, to believe it!
Adam is the author of the book and DVD, "Two-handed tapping - guitar workshop" and has recorded two CDs with his trio Full-X. Adam is also an instructor at the "School of Bands” in his home country of Poland, and does additional guitar workshops in Europe, U.S.A and Mexico.
An outstanding musician for his entire life, Kelly started his professional career as a founding member of the popular LA band The Electric Love Hogs who were quickly discovered by Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. Lee produced The Love Hogs’ debut album for by London / PolyGram Record. Kelly later joined the indie power pop band 22 Jacks featuring members of the Foo-Fighters, Adolescents, and Wax. When Joey Ramone needed a band to back him up for a Cheap Trick tribute album it was 22 Jacks anchored by the strong and rhythmic bass of Mr. LeMiuex that he called upon.
Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine who is no stranger to great musicians called on Kelly services for his side project, MD.45. Highly respected guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert brought Kelly on to tour internationally with his first post Mr. Big solo project, King of Clubs.
His talents were tapped again when the seminal punk band Fear needed a bassist. Kelly immediately filled that spot and embarked on several successful tours with the band.
Kelly continues his career with the highly influential punk / ska band Goldfinger with whom he continues to record and tour the world. He fills in his time giving back by teaching kids to rock as a guest instructor at Paul Green’s School of Rock.
Rodney was born in New York City in a home filled with music and a deep love for the arts. Rodney was a gifted artist when he was a child, and was constantly drawing and later on began painting. Everyone (including Rodney) thought that he would eventually become a professional artist, but Rodney also fell in love with music and starting learning drums at age 9. As a child, Rodney has always been drawn to progressive Rock, dance and electronic music. As a very young adult, Rodney began studying jazz and Afro Cuban music. But by the time he started playing gigs around New York, Rodney was very comfortable playing music in many different genres, and was also developing a very unique and technical language on the drums. Rodney at this time also began fine-tuning his skills as a composer and songwriter. Even though Rodney was becoming known for his virtuoso skills as a drum soloist, Rodney is first and foremost a music lover. And he always put the song and his roll in the band first. This becomes very obvious to anyone who has ever heard Rodney or seen him perform.
Rodney has gone on to work with some of the most talented and respected musicians in both Rock and Jazz worlds. Rodney has worked with Santana, Steve Lukather, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Rob Thomas, and many others. Rodney has won Grammy awards for his work on Santana’s “Supernatural” album, as well as for his work on the Brecker Brother’s “Out Of The Loop” album. Rodney’s love for Electronic and dance music is reflected on his first solo album “Twelve Months Of October”. Now Rodney is working on his second album with his new band, “Rodney Holmes’ Lithium Tree”.