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I'm a jazz pianist and composer but my double life is rock, blues, funk guitar and vocalist. I'm primarily interested is finding a working band in the Boulder/Denver area that needs a solid electric guitarist who can solo with vocal support. I hate saying lead guitarist because that implies the caricature of the spotlight grabbing "non-ensemble player". OK, I can also bring electric keyboards to the group and for the right group would love to.
I have a working trio in Chicago that covers: Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, The Who, Frank Zappa, James Brown, David Bowie, Steely Dan, RadioHead, The Black Keys and Pink Floyd. In this group I am the front vocalist - although I don't consider myself a great vocalist. My best vocal attribute is I'm very willing to sing and I'm on pitch. I have about 8 good notes I can hit with conviction right between tenor and alto ;^)
I'm now half time in Boulder and seeking a band connection. When I'm in town I'll be generally available to gig. You "youngsters" should really consider having a guy like me in your group. First of all, I'll be the most responsible guy and will be able to bail you out of jail... but seriously, my composing and arranging skills make me an ideal music director plus you will get solid soloing and someone to look after the overall sound - someone who has studied and played Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms and etc and will never mention it except in a dopey bio on Bandmix to hopefully get in the door of an interesting group. If you are a young rocker, don't be intimidated, call me - I like working with young talent. Let me help take your group to the next level.
Drop by my website: www.pingtree.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Member since:
- Nov 13 2015
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Rock oriented groups
For starters, I'm a big fan of David Gilmore. I can't help it. I grew up with this stuff. When I hear Radiohead I instantly hear the melotron and King Crimson. Don't you? I think psychedelic influences in music have not been fully explored and there is still much more room for creative expression.
Having said that, I love playing with rock groups. I can deliver the sound in your genre. I'm the guy that you want in your group who adds harmonic foundation and edgy ideas. I'm happy to meet you at your musical home ground, whether classic or country rock, alternative, metal, etc and make a contribution.
Jazz and Funk oriented groups
Right now I'm fascinated by electronic instrumental music mixed with acoustic instruments. I got tired of standards based groups at one point (although this side of me is seeing reemergence). I created a project called Ping Tree to combine the two and serve as a vehicle for playing my own compositions. My composing style in this genre is modal based with solid harmonic and structural form. It incorporates all the styles I love: rock, funk, jazz, latin, blues - all of it is written to be very playable by jazz soloists. Here the soloists add the elements of tension and release, certainty and ambiguity.
Having grown up in Chicago qualifies me for deep Blues influence. My big band playing has taken me into a collaborative project with Chicago musicians to produce my compositions for big band on a CD this year.
Wow. I write all this in the belief that nobody reads this profile stuff anyway so it is safe to tell it like it is.
OK. For guitar gigs: Custom Fender strat, two Mission 5e3 amps in stereo, Strymon Leslie simulator, Strymon TimeLine, Rat, Hall of fame reverb, etc. Keyboards - Kurzweil, MC2000, Nord, Motion sound amplifier, etc.