Artists

Allan Holdsworth

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06/08/1946

Allan Holdsworth is a British guitarist and composer. He has played many different styles of music over a period of five decades, but is now best known for his work within the jazz fusion genre.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Holdsworth

Amy Knoles

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Amy Knoles has headlined on major festivals throughout the world. Her music has been described as being of "frightening beauty, fascinating, complex" -N.P.R. A "Los Angeles' new music Luminary, infinitely variable, infinitely fascinating" -- Los Angeles Times.

Andy Fairweather Low

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02/08/1946

http://www.andyfairweatherlow.com/

Early career

Andy Johns

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Andy Johns, younger brother of famous Olympic Studios engineer Glyn Johns, father of HURT drummer Evan Johns and uncle of Kings of Leon and Ryan Adams producer Ethan Johns (son of Glyn Johns) is a prolific engineer and producer. Before his nineteenth birthday, Andy Johns was working as Eddie Kramer's second engineer on classic recordings by Jimi Hendrix and many others. In a career spanning more than thirty years, he's engineered or produced records by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Rod Stewart, whose sales total in excess of 160 millions copies.

Ann Farina

Anton Fig

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08/08/1952

Anton Fig (born August 8, 1952 in Cape Town, South Africa), known as "The Thunder from Down Under" is a session drummer, noted for his work in David Letterman's house band, the CBS Orchestra.

http://www.antonfig.com/

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Ben Perowsky

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Perowsky was born in New York City, where he played with his father Frank Perowsky, who is a saxophonist. Ben played with Roy Ayers, James Moody, and Rickie Lee Jones as a sideman, and was a member of the Lounge Lizards, Lost Tribe, Elysian Fields, and Liminal. He formed his own trio in 1997 with Chris Speed on saxophone and Scott Colley on bass, and began recording as a leader in 1999.

Billie Holiday

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07/04/1915
Died: 
17/07/1959

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. Almost fifty years after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing.

Billy Sheehan

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19/03/1953

William 'Billy' Sheehan (born on 1953 March 19 in Buffalo, NY) is an Irish American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Niacin.

Bongo Bob Smith

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Brett Tuggle

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Brett Tuggle is a keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist who has performed with David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Rick Springfield, Chris Isaak, Steppenwolf, Coverdale-Page and Fleetwood Mac. He most recently toured with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Coverdale Page is an album by Jimmy Page and Whitesnake singer David Coverdale, released by Geffen Records on March 27, 1993. ...

Burt Bacharach

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12/05/1928

Burt Bacharach ([ˈbækəræk]; born May 12, 1928) is an American pianist and composer. He is best known for his many pop hits from the early 1960s through the 1980s, with lyrics written by Hal David, many of which were produced for and recorded by Dionne Warwick. As of 2006, Bacharach had written a total of 70 Top 40 hits in the US, and 52 Top 40 hits in the UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Bacharach
http://bacharachonline.com

Cassandra Wilson

Chad Smith

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25/10/1961

Chadwick "Chad" Smith (born October 25, 1961) is a well known and established drummer and plays for the rock bands Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_Smith

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Chad_Smith.html

Charlie Hunter

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23/05/1967

Charlie Hunter (born May 23, 1967) is an American guitarist, composer and bandleader.
First coming to prominence in the early '90s Hunter has since become one of the leading names in jazz, recording 17 albums. Hunter is noted for playing custom-made seven and eight-string guitars, on which he simultaneously plays basslines, rhythm guitar, and solos. Critic Sean Westergaard describes Hunter's innovative guitar technique as "mind-boggling ... he's an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off."

Claude Debussy

Born: 
22/08/1862
Died: 
25/03/1918

Achille-Claude Debussy (pronounced [aʃil klod dəbysi]) (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he is considered one of the most prominent figures working within the field of Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.[1] Debussy was not only among the most important of all French composers but also was a central figure in all European music at the turn of the twentieth century.

Dan Orth

Danny Gill

Dave LaRue

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Dave LaRue is a bassist who has performed with the Dixie Dregs since 1988 and with the Steve Morse Band since 1989. He also has worked with Dream Theater's John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy and Jordan Rudess. He has a large collection of vintage basses for studio work but mainly plays Music Man bass guitars, among them the "Sterling" and "StingRay 5 five-string" but has mainly switched to their "Bongo" line (which he was instrumental in helping develop) including four- and five-string fretted and fretless models.

Davy Knowles

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Davy Knowles (born 1986) is a Manx blues guitarist and singer. Knowles, formerly of the blues-rock band Back Door Slam, is now working as a solo artist under the name "Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam". With Back Door Slam, he played lead guitar and sang on their debut album, Roll Away. After a split-up with bassist Adam Jones and drummer Ross Doyle, Knowles released his first solo album, Coming Up For Air, on May 19, 2009.

Doug Wimbish

Elk Thunder

Eric Caudieux

Eric Valentine

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Eric Valentine is rapidly emerging as a noted musician in contemporary jazz circles. This respected drummer and versatile composer / multi-instrumentalist has forged his skills into the realm of arranger, engineer & producer on his first release, Eric Valentine's Jazz Impressions.

Ethan Johns

Galen Henson

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Gene Reffkin

Glen Freundl

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Grady Wah

Greg Kihn

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10/07/1949

Greg Kihn is a U.S. pop musician, radio personality and novelist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Kihn

Gregg Bissonette

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Gregg Bissonette is arguably the best session drummer around today. Gregg's most notable collaboration with Joe would be 1992's 'The Extremist' that Gregg played drums on, with his brother Matt on Bass guitar. Gregg also toured with Joe and Matt on the Extremist tour.

Ian Gillan

Ian Paice

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29/06/1948

Ian Paice (born 29 June 1948 in Nottingham, England) made his name as the drummer with seminal heavy rock band Deep Purple. As of Jon Lord's departure in 2002, he is the only founding member of the band still performing with the group.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ian_Paice_2005.jpg

Jeff Campitelli

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Since the early, 1980's, Jeff Campitelli has been associated musically with Joe Satriani. Their band in the 80's, 'The Squares' is what started them on the musical path they find themselves on today. A master of the 5/4 Drum timing, Jeff has been recording and touring with Joe for many years. Notable examples of his skill include 'Satch Boogie' and 'Devil's Slide'. That famous jar of warm water has been keeping Jeff on top of his game for many years!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Campitelli

Jeff Hirshfield

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22/08/1955

Jeffrey Lee Hirshfield (b. New York City, August 22, 1955) is an American jazz drummer.

Jimmi Hendrix

Born: 
27/11/1942
Died: 
18/09/1970

James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter whose guitar playing was 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 iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Joe Satriani

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15/07/1956

Storming onto the music scene nearly a decade ago, Joe Satriani has been widely recognized as the archetypal post-modern hero.

Joe South

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28/02/1940

John Cuniberti

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John Cuniberti's career began as a musician in various rock bands in the 1970's. To supplement his income John joined a touring sound reinforcement company in 1976. He worked his way up to the position of mixing on stage monitors for Stevie Wonder. In the early 80's John was managing Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco by day and recording the Dead Kennedys and many other alternative bands by night. In the 90's, John received both platinum and gold records for producing and engineering six Joe Satriani records.

John Petrucci

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12/07/1967

John Peter Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is an American guitarist best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. He has produced (along with his bandmate Mike Portnoy) all Dream Theater albums since their 1999 release, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour six times, more than any other invited guitarist. GuitarOne ranked him as the 9th Greatest Shredder of All Time.

Johnny Farina

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30/04/1941

Santo and Johnny Farina were born in Brooklyn, New York; Santo on October 24, 1937 and Johnny on April 30, 1941. Their father was drafted into the Army while they were children and was stationed for some time in Oklahoma. After hearing a steel guitar on the radio, he wrote to his wife, "I'd like the boys to learn to play this instrument".
Upon returning from World War II, the boys' father found a music teacher who gave the boys steel guitar lessons. When Santo was a teenager, he was able to get a local music store to modify an acoustic guitar, allowing him to play it like a steel guitar.

Jon Lord

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Born: 
09/06/1941

Jon Douglas Lord (born in Leicester on 9 June, 1941) is an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player.
Lord is recognised for his Hammond organ blues-rock sound and for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms. He has most famously been a member of Deep Purple, as well as of Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men. He has worked with numerous other artists including Graham Bonnet (following Bonnet's departure from Rainbow).

Jonathan Mover

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Jonathan Mover should be familiar to many Satriani fans. He has been a very regular touring drummer with Joe, especially throughout the eighties and early to mid 1990's. I saw him drum with Joe, Jeff and Stu on their 1995 Joe Satriani tour of Australia.

Joni Mitchell

Keith Richards

Kevin Eubanks

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15/11/1957

Kevin Tyrone Eubanks (born November 15, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz guitarist who has been the leader of the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno since 1995. He composed the Tonight Show's closing theme music, "Kevin's Country", in 1992.

http://www.kevineubanks.com/

Les Paul

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09/06/1915

Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915) is an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He is a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible."[1] His many recording innovations include overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul

Leslie West

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22/10/1945

Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein on October 22, 1945) is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_West

Lou Pallo

Ludwig van Beethoven

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16/12/1770
Died: 
26/03/1827

Ludwig van Beethoven (English IPA: /ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən/; German pronunciation: [ˈluːdvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn] German pronunciation (help·info), 16 December 1770[1] – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most acclaimed and influential composers of all time.

Mal Waldron

Born: 
16/08/1926
Died: 
02/12/2002

Born Malcolm Earl Waldron on August 16, 1926 (some sources say 1925), in New York, NY; died on December 2, 2002, in Brussels, Belgium. Education: Bachelor of arts degree in composition, Queens College, City University of New York, late 1940s.

Manu Katché

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Manu Katche has been a long time drummer in Sting's band. Together with Nathan East and Andy Fairweather Low, he rounded out the band assembled to record Joe's 1995 self-titled blues album.

Matt Bissonette

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Matt Bissonette first worked with Joe, and his brother Gregg on Joe's 1992 album The Extremist. He then toured with Joe on The Extremist Tour and has more recently recorded with Joe on his 'Strange Beautiful Music' and also 'Is There Love In Space?' and has toured with Joe on those tours and the 2004 US/European G3 tour.

http://www.mattbissonette.com/bio.htm

Michael Anthony

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20/06/1954

Michael Anthony Sobolewski (born June 20, 1954), known professionally as Michael Anthony, is an American musician best known as the former bassist and a founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen. Anthony joined the band in 1974 and was their official recording and performing bassist for most of their career until he was replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, son of fellow founding member Eddie Van Halen, after the band's 2004 tour.

Michael Hedges

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Born: 
31/12/1953
Died: 
02/12/1997

Michael Hedges (December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997) was an American acoustic guitarist born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Enid, Oklahoma.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hedges

Mick Jagger

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26/07/1943

Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English rock musician best known as the lead vocalist of the The Rolling Stones. As well as a songwriter, he is an actor, and record and film producer. He has won a Golden Globe and two Grammy Awards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Jagger
http://www.mickjagger.com/

Mike Barsimanto

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Mike Boden

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Mike Manning

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Joe's awesome guitar tech.

Mike Portnoy

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20/04/1967

Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) American drummer primarily known for his work with the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Known for his drum prowess, Portnoy has won 23 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. He has co-produced the last five Dream Theater albums with John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy has been writing a substantial amount of Dream Theater's lyrics, filling the void left by Kevin Moore, who left the band after the release of Awake.

Mike Stern

Nathan East

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Nathan East has built an extremely successful career for himself as a fantastic session Bass player. He has also been a main stay of Eric Clapton's touring band and has more recently contributed to Clapton's latest album, 'Reptile'.

Nathan provided his services on Joe's self-titled 1995 blues album.

Neil Young

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Born: 
12/11/1945

Neil Percival Young[1] OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and film director.

Nuno Bettencourt

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20/09/1966

Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt (born September 20, 1966) is a Portuguese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the Boston hard rock band Extreme whose hits include the acoustic ballads "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted". The songs reached #1 and #4, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1991.

Pat Martino

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Pat Martino is a very successful jazz guitarist who has been applying his trade for decades. Having a great sense of jazz timing and improvisation, Pat invited another jazz-trained guitarist (Joe) to perform on two tracks on his 1997 album 'All Sides Now'. The tracks are called 'Ellipsis' and 'Both Sides Now'.

Pat Mosca

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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mosca Music provides custom scored musical soundtracks for broadcast television series and documentaries. Our work is currently airing on the Discovery Channel, with styles ranging from evocative string interludes, as in Preemies: The Fight for Life, to intense rock accompaniments for action shows like High Seas Cops.

Played keyboards in Greg Kihn band.

http://www.moscamusic.com/home.html

Pat Thrall

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Pat Thrall is an American rock guitarist. Thrall is a native of the San Francisco area, and began his recording career in 1976.
Thrall has worked with former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes on the Hughes/Thrall project, and was a member of the Pat Travers Band during the peak of their success. He co-wrote one of Pat Travers' biggest hits, a hard-driving tune entitled Snortin' Whiskey, which became one of the most requested songs on American radio in 1980.

Paul Nowinski

Paulinho Da Costa

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31/05/1948

Paulinho da Costa (born Paulo Roberto da Costa on May 31, 1948) is a Brazilian percussionist born in Rio de Janeiro, considered one of the most recorded musicians of modern times. Playing over two hundred percussion instruments, he has 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.

Peter Perrett

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08/04/1952

Peter Perrett (born Peter Albert Neil Perrett on 8 April 1952 in King's College Hospital, Camberwell, London) is an English singer-songwriter. He fronted the late 1970s English band, The Only Ones. Perrett lives in Forest Hill, South East London. The Only Ones often described as New Wave were noted for their musicianship during the Punk period. In fact, their roots go back to the late sixties. Perrett is influenced by Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd and his eyeliner-look, his tendency to disappear share similarities with the reclusive Barrett.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Perrett

Phil Ashley

Phil Frazier

Pia Vai

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25/02/1962

Pia Maiocco (born February 25, 1962) is an American former bass guitarist and backing vocals for the heavy metal band Vixen.

She is married to the famous rock guitarist Steve Vai, whom she met while they both attended the Berklee College of Music.

They have two children, Fire and Julian Angel.

Rhoades Howe

Ritchie Blackmore

Born: 
15/04/1945

(taken from a snapshot of wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritchie_Blackmore )

Early life

Robert Fripp

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16/05/1946

Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England) is a guitarist, composer and a record producer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. His work, spanning five decades, encompasses a variety of musical styles. He is married to Toyah Willcox. Fripp was ranked 42nd on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (published August 2003).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fripp

Rodger Glover

Sammy Hagar

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13/10/1947

Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar (born October 13, 1947), known as "The Red Rocker", is an American rock guitarist, singer, composer and solo artist. Hagar was one of the three singers for Van Halen, as well as of the early 1970s rock band Montrose. He is of Lebanese, Irish and Italian descent and is the cousin of Christian rock musician Ken Tamplin. On March 12, 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.

Santo Farina

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24/10/1937

Santo and Johnny Farina were born in Brooklyn, New York; Santo on October 24, 1937 and Johnny on April 30, 1941. Their father was drafted into the Army while they were children and was stationed for some time in Oklahoma. After hearing a steel guitar on the radio, he wrote to his wife, "I'd like the boys to learn to play this instrument".
Upon returning from World War II, the boys' father found a music teacher who gave the boys steel guitar lessons. When Santo was a teenager, he was able to get a local music store to modify an acoustic guitar, allowing him to play it like a steel guitar.

Scott Amendola

Scott Collard

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Scott Colley

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24/11/1963

Scott Colley (b. Nov. 24, 1963, Los Angeles) is an American jazz bassist.

Simon Phillips

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Steve Vai

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06/06/1960

Steven "Steve" Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai would also record and tour in Zappa's backing band starting in 1980. The guitarist began a solo career starting in 1984 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with numerous musical artists including Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake.

Steve Wright

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Steve Wright (born c.1950) was the bassist with The Greg Kihn Band. They had a #2 US hit with 'Jeopardy'. He suffered a stroke in 2003 and, unfortunately, can no longer play bass. He briefly worked with David Johansen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wright_(bassist)

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Stevie Wonder

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13/05/1950

Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than thirty top ten hits, won 22 Grammy Awards (a record for a solo artist), plus one for lifetime achievement, won an Academy Award for Best Song and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has also been awarded the Polar Music Prize.

Stu Hamm

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08/02/1960

Stuart "Stu" Hamm (born February 8, 1960) is an American bass guitar player, known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well for his virtuosic playing style and solo recordings.

Beginning career

Toby Top

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Tom Coster

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Tom Coster is an American keyboardist and composer. Detroit-born and San Francisco-raised, Coster played piano and accordion as a youth, continuing his studies through college and a productive five-year stint as a musician in the U.S. Air Force Band.

Tommy Mars

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Tommy Mars (real name Tommy Mariano) is a keyboard player, best known for his work with Frank Zappa.

Tuck Andress

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Tuck Andress is a world-class guitarist, but he's also imbued with the rare gift of good taste. His musical partner and wife, Patti Cathcart, is an uncommonly soulful and inventive jazz stylist and among the best scat singers since Ella Fitzgerald. Together they create magic, a kind of jazzy chamber music that's deceptively simple on the surface but reveals layers of subtle complexity with each additional listening.

Tyler Eng

Drums for Greg Kihn Band

Yngwie Malmsteen

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30/06/1963

ngwie Johan Malmsteen (pronounced /ˈɪŋveɪ ˈmɑːlmstiːn/ in English) (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions. Four of his albums, from 1984 to 1988, Rising Force, Marching Out, Trilogy, and Odyssey, ranked in the top 100 for sales.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yngwie_Malmsteen
http://www.yngwiemalmsteen.com/

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