Guitar Dept Head

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, toured, and recorded with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Ashley Clark, Bushwalla, Kenton Chen (The Sing Off), and Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening). She grew up playing guitar on stage in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country. In May she graduated with her Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she also received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music.

Adam Levy

Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years, and his talents continue to evolve today. He was recruited for Norah Jones’ recording of “Come Away with Me,” her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut on Blue Note Records. He remained in Jones’ orbit for several years to come, recording two additional albums and three DVDs, and touring the world as a member of her Handsome Band. He also played on Tracy Chapman’s mid-90s masterpiece New Beginning. Levy’s guitar earns the limelight in the bluesy “Give Me One Reason,” which won Best Rock Song at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

Levy is also a respected writer and educator, with the instructional courses Play the Right Stuff (book/DVD), 50 Low-Down Rhythms (DVD/online course), and Rhythm Makeover(DVD/online course) to his credit, as well as numerous articles for Guitar PlayerFretboard Journal, and other top guitar magazines.

Jackson Allen grew up in Northern California, greatly influenced by his guitarist father who played a heavy role in the music scene there. Originally playing drums, Jackson began playing as a teenager with musicians such as Joe Lewis Walker, Terry Haggerty, and Nina Gerber. After transitioning to guitar, Jackson attended LACM’s Guitar Program and graduated in 2006. Since then, Jackson has steadily worked in Los Angeles for many artists, played sessions for TV commercials and other recordings, and performed and recorded with many notable LA musicians. He has also toured extensively with Filipino super stars, Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera, and performed with Filipino TV star, KC Concepcion, and artist Kate Earl (Universal Republic).

Steve Gregory began playing the guitar in bars and for private events at the age of seventeen. While a student at California State University, Northridge, he was the recipient of the Shelley Manne Memorial New Talent Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society and began performing around Los Angeles with his own band. Steve soon began touring the world with artists such as Ray Charles, Frankie Valli and Anjani. He has performed and/or recorded with Thelma Houston, Brian McKnight, Michael Buble, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Marilyn McCoo, Stacy Orrico, Leonard Cohen, Alphonse Mouzon, Macy Gray and many others. Steve is currently very active as a studio guitarist and has recorded for a number of TV shows, films and DVD’s. Check outwww.stevegregory.net for more information.

Dave Hill

Dave Hill has been around music his entire life. He started off playing piano as a young boy. He became interested in learning guitar when his 3rd grade teacher offered after school lessons. He has been playing guitar ever since. Growing up in Seattle Washington, his love of music went all directions – Pop music, country, jazz, blues rock and folk. His diverse love of music enabled him to soak up the essential characteristics of many styles of guitar playing.

To further his studies,and immerse himself in the music scene Dave moved to Los Angels in 1983. He has been on the staff at Los Angeles College of Music since 2001.

He has been active in the Los Angles music scene since 1985, playing countless recording sessions, and gigs including, Contemporary Jazz great Gregg KarukasChuck Negron of Three Dog NightMax Bennett of the LA ExpressJimmy Haslip of the Yellowjacketsand most recently a world tour with legendary British singer Englebert Humperdinck. In 2008, Dave appeared with Freddie Ravel at the Playboy Jazz festival in Los Angeles.

Dave’s music has taken him around the word on almost every continent. His music is particularly appreciated by audiences in Europe and regularly tours Italy doing Guitar Clinics and concerts. Dave has published a popular book with Hal Leonard entitled, “The Licktionary”.

He can be seen playing around the Los Angeles/ Orange county area with Contemporary Jazz keyboard player, Scott WilkieFreddie Ravel, and Pretzel Logic, “A Steely Dan Review”. In 2004 he released his contemporary Jazz CD, “Two Seasons” to critical acclaim and toured to promote it. In 2010, he followed that release with “New World”. This CD finds him in stellar musical company as he has Jazz heavy weights “The Yellowjackets” guest appear on it. The results are impressive. Dave is currently in production of his latest CD.

Dave’s classes at LACM include, String Theory, Studio Guitar, and Contemporary Guitar Styles as well as giving Private Instruction. As a professional in the music business for 35 years, Dave shares his wealth of knowledge with a blend of humor, and a lot of practical insight.

https://youtu.be/3u6atFY9c6o

Guitarist/Singer/Composer/Producer

Brazilian born Roberto Montero has performed with Grammy Award winner Sergio Mendes at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, in Morocco and across the United States, with Grammy nominated brazilian singer Baby Consuelo, with four-time Grammy nominated Tiziano Ferro, NBC’s Rickey Minor & The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno, among others.

Has extensively written music for TV and Radio during 5 years in Brazil.

Music Director for the Dorian Holley Band for over 10 years now.

Recent recording credits include work as guitarist and singer on part of the soundtrack for the movie “Rio 2” – sequel to the Oscar nominated “Rio” – for Sergio Mendes and film composer John Powell.

For more information please visit  www.robertomontero.com

Bill Fowler

Bill Fowler was part of a world tour backing Raquel Welch, and subsequently toured for 3 years with the Pointer Sisters, performing at venues such as The Universal Amphitheater, The Greek Theatre, LA Sports Arena, on television appearances including The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, The Tomorrow Show, and a tour of New Zealand and Australia. He later spent 10 years as part of Ben Vereen’s touring band, performing in both self-contained, 5-piece band contexts as well as Pops concert configurations with symphony orchestras. A highlight of this association was an appearance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Other credits include television appearances with Jermaine Jackson and concert appearances with Lou Rawls, Marilyn McCoo, Lainie Kazan, Willie Bobo, Marvin Hamlisch, Anthony Newley, Nell Carter and Suzanne Somers. His work has been heard on TV and feature film soundtracks composed by Gil Melle as well as on albums by Ray Charles and Johnny Halliday (the French Elvis!) respectively. He has appeared with the Jazz Tap Ensemble the last 3 years as part of their Christmas performance broadcast live on KCET. He began teaching guitar both one-on-one and in classes over 20 years ago and has been associated with LACM since 1996.

Brad Rabuchin grew up in Pasadena, Ca oblivious to the classic rock era of the 60s until one night  on TV catching Mason Williams playing his guitar instrumental “Classical Gas” on a guitar with fish swimming around inside of it! He then delved into playing, first mostly acoustic finger style and later getting into electric but never finding a way to incorporate the fish. He then delved into playing, first acoustic finger style and later getting into electric. Brad studied music at Pierce Junior College, but his musical identity was more drawn from self study and several excellent private teachers including Ted Greene. Brad now splits time between leading his own band and a successful career as a sideman. Brad spent 5 years and toured 6 continents as the last guitarist with Ray Charles. Some of his other credits include: Bonnie Rait, Roy Hargrove, Louie Bellson, Pat Martino, Steve Turre, Al Kooper, Steve Wonder, Buddy Miles, Lean-to, Diane Shurr, David “Fathead” Newman, Willie Nelson & Tom Jones. Brad is not one to paint by the numbers, musically speaking, or play by a given set of rules, as is clear on his 2 solo albums When Smart Dogs Go Bad and Cats Have Edge. Please visit Bradrabuchin.net for more info.

https://youtu.be/auntJtabcTw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVnAgzfgKvQ

Art Renshaw was born the only child to two successful fine artists. Musical education: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Art is currently a solo artist on Rocket City Records, with his latest CD Dreamtime receiving critical acclaim in Jazz Life Magazine as a “groundbreaking solo electric” record. He is a touring artist in Europe and Japan and has performed his music to enthusiastic crowds on four continents. Art has played alongside some of the greatest musicians the industry has to offer, including jazz legends Joe Pass and Lenny Breau. He has appeared on educational videos by Warner Bros. and REH, including Chop Builder with Frank Gambale. Art is an endorser for Gibson guitars and regularly performs at the jazz club Tournesol in Los Angeles.

Ken Song, who holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance, graduated with honors from USC in 1998. He has studied jazz guitar with Joe Diorio and Larry Koonse and classical guitar with William Kanengiser. Since college, Ken has been working steadily in the Los Angeles music scene, playing sessions on motion pictures, TV commercials and audio recordings. In 2005, Ken was a featured performer at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival. Ken also plays in local clubs and restaurants with his own trio. Notable artists that Ken has played with include Bruce Eskovitz, Bill Churchville, Randy Drake, the Dick Grove Orchestra, Ricky Lawson, Gregg Bissonette, John Ferraro and Todd Johnson. In late 2005, Ken recorded his first solo album Goin’ Wes, which was released in early 2006 on the Primrose Lane Music label and features Luther Hughes, Paul Kreibich and Llew Matthews. Check outwww.kensong.net for more info.

Jeff Miley is a performing and recording guitarist, a composer, and a producer. As a sideman, he has performed with trumpeter Ron Miles, Rolling Stones Saxophonist Tim Ries, Jon Anderson (from “Yes”), Ernie Watts, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Andy Martin, Josh Roseman, Adam Benjamin, and many others.
He devotes much of his energy to original projects, including “bug”, the modern jazz chamber quintet that he co-leads with his brother James. He writes, records, and performs with vocalist Inga Swearingen. He plays in the jazz power-trio “Altered”, and he lays down the low-end crunch with the rock opera / silent-film performance ensemble “Vox Lumiere”. Jeff has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Jazzwise Magazine (U.K), Gendai Guitar Magazine (Japan), JazzTimes (U.S.) and The Himalayan Times (Nepal). He has an ever growing catalog of original music releases, and feels fortunate to be able to create and perform with so many wonderful collaborators. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from California State University, Northridge, where he was a co-recipient of the Andres Segovia Performance Award from the American Guitar Society.