Molly Miller

Guitar Dept Head

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, toured, and recorded with the likes of Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, 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.

Steve Gregory

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 for more information.

Roberto Montero


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.

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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

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 for more info.

Art Renshaw

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

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 for more info.

Jeff Miley

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.

Ricky Z

Upon graduation from the University, Ricky moved to L.A. and began working live gigs as well as recording sessions. In time he found himself working alongside a myriad of top L.A. musicians including:  Leland Sklar, Chad Smith, Greg Bissonette, Steve Ferrone, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Finnigan, John Peña, Abe Laboriel Sr., Greg Matheison, Michael Landau, Bill Champlin, Curt Bisquera, Jim Cox, Matt Bissonette, Michael Thompson, John Ferraro, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny O’Brien, Rafa Padilla, Luis Conte, Lenny Castro, Neil Giraldo, Alex Acuña, Brian Ray, Matt Laug, Windy Wagner, Paul Ill, Lance Morrison,  Otmaro Ruiz, Dave Koz, film composers John Debney and Christopher Young, producers Mark Hudson, Ryan Hewitt, Humberto Gatica, Ross Hogarth, Gustavo Farias, Rob Christie, M Doc.

Ricky has recorded and/or played live with:  Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Jessica Simpson, K-Ci, Steve Lukather, Orianthi, Nick Lachey, Richie Sambora, Don Grusin, Vesta Williams, Lauryn Hill, Sheila E., Gary Wright, Paul Anka, Al Stewart, Ronnie Laws, Bill Champlin, Beto Cuevas, The Sweet, Sophie B. Hawkins, Kristine W., Paulina Rubio, Mariana Vega, Alejandro Sanz, Michael Buble’, Joan Sebastian, Danny Seraphine, Juan Gabriel (2016 Latin Grammy “Album of the Year”), Chuck Negron, Frank Stallone, Gloria Trevi,
Carlos Ponce, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Thalia, Cheyanne, Jose Feliciano, Jenny Rivera, Los Trio, Manuel Quijano, Shaila Durcal, Pepe’ Aguilar, Cristian Castro.

Ricky has recorded music for television and film including:  Al Otro Lado Del Muro, El Chapo, Ally McBeal, Scrubs, Malcolm in the Middle, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Sleepwalking, Michael Jordan to the Max, Dr. Who, Executive Target, as well as jingles for: Verizon, Time/Warner, Miller Beer, Farmer’s Insurance,  Domino’s Pizza, Comcast, Budweiser, Kraft, Univision, Walmart, Western Union, Televisa, Post Foods, Govt. of Mexico among may others.

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