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Steve Gadd Band (US)

Michael Landau

Michael Landau is a jazz/blues/rock/fusion guitarist based out of Los Angeles. His unique style features an ability to master incredibly difficult technique while demonstrating a wealth of harmonic and tonal ingenuity. His songwriting ability is astounding and underrated, as such masterful compositions such as "Johnny Swing" and "Me/Five Storks" show that Landau is not just a soloist and guru, but a true genius of blues/rock compositions. His incorporation of many strange and varied sounds that fit seemlessly with his always well equipped band has earned him an underground reputation as one of the greatest guitarists alive. He currently plays most often with bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Tos Panos at the famous Hollywood joint, "The ...

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Jimmy Johnson

Chicago guitarist Jimmy Johnson didn't release his first full domestic album until he was 50 years old. He's determinedly made up for lost time ever since, establishing himself as one of the Windy City's premier blues artists with a twisting, unpredictable guitar style and a soaring, soul-dripping vocal delivery that stand out from the pack.

Born into a musical family (younger brother Syl Johnson's credentials as a soul star are all in order, while sibling Mack Thompson was Magic Sam's first-call bassist), Jimmy Thompson moved to Chicago with his family in 1950. But his guitar playing remained a hobby for years -- he toiled as a welder while Syl blazed a trail on the local blues circuit. Finally, in 1959, Jimmy Thompson starte...

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Kevin Hays

Kevin Hays is internationally recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists of his generation. Many of his 15 recordings as leader have received critical acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and Jazz Times, as well as a “Coup de Coeur” from the Académie Charles Cros (France). A prolific sideman appearing on over 60 records, Kevin’s long list of notable musical associations include records with Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, and Al Foster.

2011’s Modern Music (Nonesuch), a piano duo collaboration with Brad Mehldau and composer Patrick Zimmerli, garnered widespread critical acclaim. The duo premiered several works at Carnegie Hall, and has toured throughout the US, Europe, and S...

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Walt Fowler (CA)

Walt Fowler was born March 2, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah. At age 6, he started playing piano, then took an interest in trumpet at age 8.

Basically self taught, he practiced along with records, from Miles, Coltrane and Bird to Ellington, Basie and Woody Herman.

In 1974, he joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers and appeared on the live album, "Live at the Roxy and Elsewhere". In 1975, he toured with the Billy Cobham Band along with Tom Malone, John Scofield and Milcho Leviev.

He then moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 1975 and formed a band with his brothers known as "The Fowler Brothers Band". In 1976, he recorded with George Duke on the "From Me To You" album, and numerous Johnny "Guitar" Watson albums. ...

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