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Sherman Oaks, CA
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Basic to intermediate guitar technique that includes finger-plucking, picking, strumming, reading notes, basic accompaniment, and solo performance.

About Nicolas
Hello there!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lesso
ns from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Merle M. January 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I felt so awkward as a beginning student at 51 y/o but Nicolas is great. I cant wait for my next lesson!
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Susan C. October 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
Nicolas is a great teacher; patient and methodical, which is what I needed as a beginner.
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Nan December 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Nick has been my nine-year old daughter's violin instructor for a little over a year. Not only has she made tremendous progress with her playing, she has had a great time during the lessons. Nick will challenge her when he feels she is ready, but will also slow down if necessary to review, to make sure she is using proper techniques and developing as a musician. My daughter is fortunate to have such a talented musician and composer as her violin teacher.
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Nicolas R.

Nicolas R.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Kimberly A.

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I teach all popular style..rock, jazz, blues, country, R&B, funk,, etc. I also teach beginning classical.

I can teach reading, theory and technique.

I have taught these subjects full time for 15 years.

I am very patient and adjust areas of study to fit my students goals.

About Kimberly
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.

I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. Af
ter the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners
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Alan August 27, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kimberly is knowledgable, organized, patient and helpful. I am grateful.
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Laura Z. February 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
HI KIM,
HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT DAY. I AM HAVING A LITTLE ISSUE
CHANGING LAUREN'S CLASS FROM 30 MINS TO ONE HOUR.
WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO ADVISE ME?
THANKS,
LAURA
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Greg Lugo December 16, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Patience and informative , attentive to what I want to learn
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Kimberly A.

Kimberly A.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Deanna P.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Commercial Performance Emphasis
Fretboard Theory/Application
Building Repertoire
Composition/Arrangement
Basic Chord Structure - Extended Voicings
Gear Maintenance
Tone Consultation

Each lesson is specifically tailored to each individual student's goals and aspirations. I want you to learn to play what you love and utilize music as a way to explore creative drives.

About Deanna
Commercially trained guitarist through Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I have 7 years of professional studio and touring experience. Well versed in many genres including jazz, rock, pop, blues, bluegrass, funk, r&b, and country.

Throughout my musical career, I have earned endorsements from RS Custom Guitars, D'Addario, Pedaltrain, Planet Waves, and Steve Clayton, Inc. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Dan Huff, Billy ward, Billy Thomas, and many more.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons Include:
- A thorough look at all the elements of
music
- Improv techniques
- Increasing your understanding of the fretboard
- Scales, modes, and chords (applying them musically)
- Reading charts, Nashville Number System
- Songwriting techniques
- Performance skills
- Gear upkeep
- Career advice


I tailor each lesson to the individual student's level, interest, and needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender American Deluxe
1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fuchs Train
Fender Pro Junior
OCD Overdrive
Fuzz Face
Route 66 Compression/Overdrive
Dunlop Wah
MXR Carbon Copy Delay

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender American Deluxe
1985 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fuchs Train
Fender Pro Junior
OCD Overdrive
Fuzz Face
Route 66 Compression/Overdrive
Dunlop Wah
MXR Carbon Copy Delay

*** Specialties ***
Rock
Blues
Jazz
Phrasing
Creative voicings
Melodic soloing
Fretboard fluency
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kate P. June 4, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Deanna has taught me so much, and truly is a great mentor. She makes lessons fun and I always look forward to each session. I highly recommend Deanna as an instructor!
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Deanna P.

Deanna P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$25 / 30-min

About De'Anza P.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Finger picking, Chords, Strumming patterns, harmony and theory, voicing, common chord progressions

About De'Anza
As an active musician and graduate of LA College of Music, I believe that teaching is much more than a student learning to play their instrument. It's about creating a fun environment where students not only gets a solid musical foundation but are also encouraged to express themselves creatively. Lessons are personalized to meet student's goals.

Lessons include:

-Technique
-Reading Music
-Harmony & Theory
-Confidence
-Chord Structure
-Strumming Patterns
-Ear Training
-Songwriting (upon request)
-Performance (upon request)
-AND MORE!

I'm currently a private music teacher at the Hollywood Academy of Music school where my students range from as young as pre-school to adults.
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John L. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
The guitar is the instrument with which I have developed bad habits and posture over the years, but in addition to correcting these things, I really needed help with music theory. Also, as opposed to being a kid with all the time in the world to practice and study, I'm a 40-something with a busy, full-time job in the middle of my daily life. De'Anza was flexible enough to work with these issues of mine while still keeping me focused on a positive, effective lesson plan. That is the mark of a professional. Thank you De'Anza!
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Cynthia H. June 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
De'anza is a fabulous music teacher for my 12 year old daughter. We came to her for vocal lessons and she has encouraged her to learn piano and has helped her with her ukelele. She Inspires my daughter to want to learn and to grow as a musician. In the last few months of studying with De'anza, my daughter has notably improved vocally as well as learned so much more. I appreciate all she does for my daughter. I highly recommend De'Anza!
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Albert G. April 30, 2014
· Singing ·
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De'Anza is truly a gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocal coach. Her down to earth approach and general vibe is incomparable. I would highly recommend taking lessons with her, she's very flexible to work with and will work to build a curriculum according to your needs. It's hard to find people in LA who have a good ear and listen to your needs. She's a great fit for someone who's looking for proper instruction.
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De'Anza P.

De'Anza P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$25 / 30-min

About Mike B.

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Experienced guitar teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical skills that will help the student in a large range of situations. I specialize in rock, blues, and jazz guitar styles.

About Mike
Mike B. is a professional guitar and bass player based in Southern California. Having received a certificate in guitar performance from the Atlanta Institute of Music, a Bachelor's of Music in guitar performance from the University of Redlands, and currently attending the University of Southern California seeking a Master's in Studio/Jazz Guitar, he divides his time between performing live, doing recordings, and being an educator. As an educator he has many years of experience teaching all levels of players not only how to be stronger players in their genre of choice, but also giving them a strong foundation in music theory, exploring the creative side of music, and giving them the tools to expand as musicians for years to come.

Articles written by Mike:
5 Easy Blues Guitar Licks: http://takelessons.com/blog/five-easy-blues-guitar-lic
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How Much Should I Practice?: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-practice-tips
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Jane May 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor with great skill and nice temper. I decide to take more classes with this instructor, after my session is over.
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Ben G. January 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I, myself, was a peer of Mike's at the University of Redlands. We both studied jazz guitar performance and have performed together on multiple occasions. Even so, Mike's ability as a performer far surpassed any of his colleagues'. In fact, his capabilities on the guitar were so outstanding that I decided that I would take lessons with him, in addition to regular lessons with my school instructor. To my surprise, the only thing better than listening to Mike's playing was his ability to transfer his knowledge to others.

His lessons are always conducted in a professional and friendly manner. I always left with a deeper understanding of music and as an improved player.

He is well versed in many styles and his professional experience as a musician is something to be sought after when looking for a guitar teacher. His understanding of the instrument and music theory will ensure that whatever questions you may have, he will know the answer. No matter where your skill level is, there will always be something to learn from this man.
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Michael F. January 8, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Before I started taking lessons with Mike I was able to play the guitar but wasn't very experienced. Mike and I set a plan for myself that I would enjoy but also get me to be able to play what I wanted to play. He even helped me through some of my music classes at my college (Music Theory, Musicianship, Jazz, etc.) and taught me to apply what I was learning to the guitar. He taught me how to read music, play blues and jazz, and overall become a better musician.

He was challenging but made it overall fun and exciting. Whenever I ran into a problem he was able to break it down and figure out what I needed to do to get over it.

He is a great teacher and I am really grateful I started taking lessons with mike. I strongly recommend him; whether you have just started out and just want to learn or an experienced musician trying to get better, he will help you get there.
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Mike B.

Mike B.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Charlie C.

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Learning the basics of guitar technique and music theory. I focus on teaching methods to help students advance outside of lessons where most of the progress happens. Besides insuring a strong technical I also focus on the instrument become a tool of expression and exploration.

About Charlie
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I teach Violin, Cello, and Ukulele for Children's Music Workshop
and have also taught beginner guitar

My primary instruments are double bass and electric bass

Here is my bio-
An experienced classical and contemporary musician, Charlie has performed at events such as the West Coast Premiere of Sila by John Luther Adams (Ojai Festival), and with ensembles including the Center Stage Opera, Santa Monica Symphony, and Symphonia Pasadena.

His formal education started at Interlochen Arts Academy at age 13 and continued at the University of North Texas, during which time he began to play professionally with the Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony. He then relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA at California Institute of Arts, under instruction from Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darek
Oles (Brad Mehldau), and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick.

He is a frequent performer of new music and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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Brent July 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Charlie has a colossal amount of knowledge about double bass, is very patient, and is very willing and able to tailor his teaching to your needs. Just what I needed.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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Charlie C.

Charlie C.

Newhall, CA 91321
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Studio City, CA

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Everything from scales to chords to modal change. Harmony content, construction, substitutions. Inside and outside playing. improvisation skills, ear training and chord construction.

About Jonathan
16 years of experience, 6 years producing, and over 8 years teaching, writing, recording, performing and Touring. I Was raised in a family of instructors. Teaching has always been something I'm passionate about. I developed my music studies in Italy, graduated and move back to the states to work after 5 years of preparation.
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Jonathan G.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Ike K.

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I'm classically trained and experienced as a touring and studio guitarist in metal, rock, blues, indie, hiphop, and pop acts since 2011. I can teach you music theory, proper finger placement techniques, arpeggios, scales, chords, finger picking, sight reading, finger strengthening exercises, and palm muting techniques.

Also. Do you want to shred?
I have techniques that can make you faster and more precise.

I can show you:
-How to zip through chord changes, arpeggios, and scales with proper technique.
-How to "saw" (rapid picking).
-Finger tapping techniques.

About Ike
Hey, I'm Ike. Here are a few things about me:

-Born and raised in Hollywood CA.

-Classically trained to play piano since the age of 7.

-I've been a studio and touring guitarist since 2011.

-By trade, I am a audio engineer. i've recorded, mixed, collaborated, and worked for artists such as DMX, Macy Gray, Dj Quik, Diplo, Kiss, Misfits, Baby Metal and many more.

-Most of my days are spent in my home studio where I produce music.

Looking forward to meetin ya!
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Lauren M. May 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Ike is truly the most patient and skilled music teacher I've had. He will make sure you accomplish your goals while falling in love with your instrument and having a great time. His calming nature helped to quiet my anxiety around instruments, and reach a potential I didn't know I had in me. He truly wanted me to succeed, and he will want the same for you. I came on Take Lessons to find a different teacher while he was touring (playing metal guitar) in China. I am glad to know that he is on the site now, sharing his knowledge and passion with other people. I would absolutely recommend him to any student, at any level. x
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Keith May 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great lessons. I'm glad hes on takelessons now. Very informative. Very personable. Awesome!
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Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Guitar lessons with me are unique because Im a professional guitarist, I make it look cool. But also I want to work on the basics and get a solid foundation first then focus on rhythm and lead stuff. I also have a lot of songwriting experience at a very high level.

About Ben
Hi! my names Ben I love guitar have been playing for 16 years. I currently play in a successful band and tour the world. With my free time I love giving lessons and getting students to a solid foundation to play consistently well. Its all about the basics once thats solid we can really progress as players.
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Ben Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Gregory offers guitar lessons that are available for both acoustic and electric guitar to children and adults of all skill levels.
Lessons are individualized according to each student’s interests.
Beginners can expect to be playing songs in the first couple of lessons! 
Intermediate and advanced lessons include: music theory (chords / scales), playing/improvisation through the use of arpeggios as a way to learn all the modes (scales) for use in rock and jazz (a great way to learn the entire instrument). Technique and sight reading are also taught. An emphasis is put on analyzing songs and guitar solos / melodies to understand what the key is and how the chords and scales were used to create each song or guitar solo.
Above all, students are encouraged to go in the direction that they choose and learn what inspires them the most. I can teach any song upon request!
Note: There is a guitar available (in studio) for student’s use during each lesson

About Gregory
Hello, My name is Gregory Hodges I have been playing guitar for 28 years. I grew up in South Carolina in a musical family. Everyone in my family plays some kind of instrument. I started playing guitar when I was 9 yrs old. I took lessons from several Instructors that taught at Berklee School of Music. Since the age of 18 I have taught guitar. I am always excited to see my students get the results they are looking for. I have always performed live through out my career. I have played with or recorded with such artist as Lenny Kravitz, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Roosevelt Collier, Jimmy Herring, Lee Oskar, George Porter Jr., Dr. John, I also currently perform with Grammy nominated artist Janiva Magness. Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio and I look forward to helping you reach your goals and bringing you enjoym
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Gregory H.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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