Greg Korzen
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SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Piano, Steel guitar.

ABOUT

I'm a guitar player with over 38 years of playing, experience, 13 years playing gigs in L.A. and around California from 1983 to 1996, seeking gigging/working band (or soon to be), I am a pocket/groove player that will strengthen your sound and put the icing on your cake. Looking for bands that know how to swing the rhythm and need a good pocket rhythm player with soul, feeling and great timing, superior tone. Music styles played; Blues Based Rock, 1960's Soul and R&B, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Country Rock, Reggae.

My Press Kit Bio:

Greg's self described guitar style is what he calls a mix of "Greezy, Funky, Swampy, Rock 'N' Soul", which could account for his very long list of musical influences such as, Steve Cropper, Jimmy Johnson, Paul Kossoff, Mick Taylor, David Gilmour and Duane Allman, to name a few...

Over the years Greg has played with and/or jammed on stage with the likes of Garry "Starchild" Shider (Parliament-Funkadelic), Frank Infante (Blondie), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sky Saxon (The Seeds), Slash (Guns & Roses), Bobby Durango, & Andy Panik (Rock City Angels), Wille Ray Brundige (James Brown's bass player)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Greg grew up with a lot of classical music at home while at the same time his neighbors on the block from West Virginia and Kentucky were blasting Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. An intense relationship with music started forming around age 8 when he started going to secondhand stores to bring home and play old 78 records of 1930's Jazz and 40's Big Band music. Around age 11 an older friend with an electric guitar played Johnny B. Goode and he was hooked.

About a year later in 1978 he got his first guitar and learned to play by practicing along to records and the radio. When he was 13 he moved to Burbank, California and attended a live video taping of NBC's "The Midnight Special" where he was front row center to experience the guitar playing of Jimmy McCarty from the Detroit band, The Rockets. After that his interest in guitar started to get more serious.

Since nobody in his family owned a car and there wasn't enough money to take the bus everywhere, Greg would often carry his guitar for miles around town to jam with friends. One of the houses he passed every day happened to be the home of guitar legend James Burton. One day James was standing on his front lawn and asked if he could see the guitar that Greg was carrying with him (a 1967 Gibson SG), that led to a tour of his house full of hundreds of guitars, stories about playing with Ricky Nelson & Elvis, and the many other A-list artists he worked with.

The Music Business, Rock 'N' Roll, and being a musician suddenly went from something that existed in another world to being real and in the here and now. Excited at the prospects of being at center of it all, Los Angeles, Greg was somehow able to go to an electronics trade-school instead of going to high school. Soon after that, recording studios became a big interest and it was off to Sound Master Recording Engineer School to study with vetern engineer Brian Ingoldsby who's credits included Joe Cocker, Neil Young, and Elton John.

At 16 he went to work as a second engineer for music industry maverick Doug Moody at the legendary Mystic Sound Studios in Hollywood. Doug had over 40 gold and platnum records for producing & engineering going back to the 1950's with artists such as The Five Satins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mahalia Jackson, and the Lovin' Spoonful. It was an incredibly valuable learning experience for recording, producing, engineering and playing music. Technically the studio remained unaltered from 1970 to 1985 and working there was like stepping back in time, this led to a love for vintage recording equipment, recording methods, and collecting old records. It was while working at the studio that musicians who were there recording started asking him to play on some of their tracks and soon he was playing in a few different bands around Hollywood from 1983 to 1993.

You can reach me at 805-886-1921

Screen name:
Greg Korzen
Member since:
Dec 05 2014
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

Guitar influences: (in no particular order) Steve Cropper, Mick Ronson, Joe Walsh, James Honeyman Scott, Al Casey, Billy Strange, Mick Taylor, David Gilmour, James Burton, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Paul Kossoff, Steve Hunter, Dick Wagner, Jimmy Page, George Harrison, Elliot Easton, John Lennon, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Ron Wood, Michael Monarch, Mike Campbell, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Thunders, Frank Infante, Dave Davies, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Mick Ralphs, Chuck Berry, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy McCarty.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Expert

EQUIPMENT

Custom built Telecaster by Tom Kelley
Fender Twin Reverb '65 reissue Amplifier
Guild 12-String Acoustic
1956 Gibson LG-1 Acoustic.

MUSIC