Guitarists and Bassists
Lee Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970's and ever since. Sklar (born Leland Bruce Sklar, May 28, 1947) has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce and where only the strongest will survive.
Jason Mraz is one of today's most ceaselessly creative singer/songwriters. Not only has he scored massive hits with each of his three albums--he's done so via songs fueled by witty, literate lyrics and inventive vocal melodies.
Joshua Ray Gooch
Josh began playing when he was thirteen years old and quickly became addicted to the guitar, often times playing for six to seven hours per day.In 2009 Josh beat out over 4000 guitar players to reach the national final of Guitar Center's King Of The Blues.
Starting at the age of 16, Lee played his first session with The Mama's and the Papa's. Two years later he was backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Known as "Captain Fingers," Ritenour became a sought-after session player in the mid-70's. Starting in 1976, at the age of 24, he began his own solo career which now includes over 30 albums and collaborations. Although heavily influenced in his early days by the relaxed styles of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel, he now has his own distinctive sound and fluid style. His list of session work is awesome (some 3,000 sessions), but some of his notable performances were with Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Pink Floyd. Since the mid-80's Ritenour has been strongly influenced by Brazilian music.
The members of the Used had to overcome poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse, not to mention the straitlaced attitudes of their hometown of Orem, UT, to bring their screamo-tinged brand of post-hardcore to life. But they persevered and earned a contract with Reprise Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in June 2002. Having only played a handful of shows around Orem prior to their record's release, the band -- vocalist Bert McCracken, guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard, and drummer Branden Steineckert -- began relentless nationwide touring that quickly saw their fan base multiply. Club dates soon turned into successful stints on larger-scale festival/package tours including the Warped Tour, Ozzfest, and Projekt Revolution alongside Linkin Park and Snoop Dogg
From power ballads, chopping rhythms to soaring fretboard forays, Matthias Jabs guitar work has been intrinsic to the hard-rocking Scorpions’ sound and repertoire since joining the band in the late ‘70s. Along with founder members Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, he remains at the heart of an outfit that just keeps on rockin’.
Guitarist, Composer and Recording Artist. - “As soon as I started to play Yamaha 10 years ago, we created a bond based on great sound and trust”