Doug Perkins started playing guitar after he realized that the trumpet, besides only being able to play one note at a time, was just not as sexy & cool as the “six stringed siren of the ’60s & 70s”. After 2 years of playing he started teaching guitar in a local Toledo OH area music […]

John Pin is a Western Australian Perth musician/guitarist who crosses musical genres. Often described as eclectic, Pin’s melodic and expressive playing and writing style draws from his deep roots in blues, rock and jazz. A seasoned performer, session musician and educator, John has produced music for Film and Television, PC Games Soundtracks and Production Music […]

“Mike Miller is known as a “guitarist’s guitarist” and is one of the most sought-after and respected players in Los Angeles. Miller’s resume includes a stint as a member of Better Midler’s all-star band in Las Vegas, Chick Corea, George Duke, Vinnie Colaiuta, Yellowjackets, Brand X, Peter Erskine, Gino Vanelli, Burton Cummings, Mark Mothersbaugh and […]

David Becker has led the DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE to a worldwide audience by performing in more than 18 countries, with the DBT sharing the stage with such celebrated jazz acts as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and many more. German television journalist Roger Willemsen (ZDF) called him “One of the best Jazz guitarists ever.” […]

Dave Hill is one of the most popular and sought after instructors at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, and has worked with Gregg Karukas, the original Rippingtons keyboard player, smooth jazz piano player, Scott Wilkie, and is featured on Theo Bishop’s, Native Language release, “Newport Nights” and Drummer Phil Maturano’s “Changes”. He is the author of the […]

This extremely versatile guitarist first picked up a guitar at the age of seven and has realized his dream of becoming a musician.  Due to his adaptability and knowledge of many musical styles, he is one of the most sought after players in Los Angeles. Growing up, Higgins was influenced greatly by the Beatles, Eric […]

JGS instructor: Tim Lerch

Currently one of the Pacific Northwests busiest guitarist Tim plays regularly with Lee Oskar and Friends, The John Stowell Tim Lerch Duo, Danny Vernon and the DeVilles, The Mark Dufresne Blues Band, The Hitmen and The Edsels, The Sandy Carbary Tim Lerch Duo  and the Tim Lerch Trio. Also a sought after session guitarist, Tim […]

Pat Kelley has recorded eight CD’s as a leader, toured in more than thirty countries as a performer, worked as a Los Angeles studio guitarist on hundreds of sessions for records, television, commercials, and motion pictures, and composed more than one hundred songs that have been commercially recorded. Pat has performed with Natalie Cole, George […]

One of Musician’s Institute’s most popular instructors, Daniel Gilbert has played guitar professionally in the New York City area since age 16. He has studied music at Queensborough Community College and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. His private teachers have included Pat Martino, Howard Morgan and Ronnie Lee. Daniel has kept busy teaching, doing sessions, and […]

Hristo Vitchev is a modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads his modern jazz duo, quartet, and quintet featuring some of the top instrumentalists in jazz. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally with a wide variety of formations and has also performed guitar clinics […]

Born on January 21, 1955 in New York City to a highly musical family, Jamie is a graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Of all his teachers which include, Mike Ihde, Joe Breeze, Tommy Lucas, Don Arnone, Gary Burton and Mike Gibbs, Jamie cites William Leavitt the chairman of guitar at Berklee as […]

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Allen was exposed to blues and R&B at an early age. Moving into jazz and fusion in his teens, he attended Berklee College of Music and shortly after, moved to Los Angeles to attend Musician’s Institute, where he has remained on staff to the present. Allen also teaches at a […]

Bruce Eisenbeil is a composer, improviser, and guitar instrumentalist who has dedicated his life to the advancement of modern guitar techniques through the growth and evolution of modern improvised music. He has twelve CD’s released on a variety of labels including: ESP, Pogus, Nemu, Konnex, Cadence, C.I.M.P and Nine Winds. Eisenbeil has performed and recorded […]

Sid Jacobs is simply the consummate “jazz guitarist’s jazz guitarist”, being equal virtuosic with a pick or finger style. He possesses a pianistic modern harmonic gift second to none that calls to mind Lenny Breau, and was a devotee and close associate of the legendary Jimmy Wyble, whom he also compares to. Born In Miami, […]

Drew Zingg was lead guitarist and musical director of Steely Dan for their reunion tour in 1993 and continued in that capacity through 1995. During this period he toured with the band throughout the United States, performing at such venues as Madison Square Garden in New York, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the […]

Ron Escheté (Pronounced ESH-tay) is the consummate master of the seven string guitar. Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist who plays with grace and dignity. “Escheté is one of the finest jazz guitarists in L.A. – no small achievement in a region dense with superb players,” says […]

There’s no description more apt for Sheryl Bailey than “A sizzling guitar goddess”, coined by Elliot Simon of All About Jazz. He’s not alone with his superlatives-Adam Levy of Guitar Player Magazine calls Sheryl “One of the most compelling tones of her generation”, and Frank Forte of Just Jazz Guitar ranks her “among the best […]

Born in Bogota, Colombia to a family of musicians, Camilo Velandia grew up with so much music inside that it inevitably had to pour out. With a natural musical talent, Camilo studied piano, violin, and guitar from the age of four. Upon graduating from high school and studying with some of the nation’s most known […]


ASSAF KEHATI: Jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati arrived to the USA in 2007 and after a short time he has made waves in the jazz scene by working with such names as George Garzone, Eli Degibri, Anat Cohen, Ferenc Nemeth, Donny McCaslin, Seamus Blake and legendary drummers Victor Lewis (Woody Shaw, Stan Getz) and […]

Armen-Gurgen Movsesyan was born in Sochi, Russia after his mother and father emigrated from Georgia during a war between Abkhazia. Raised in a musical Armenian family, Movsesyan was exposed at an early age to traditional folk music. Movsesyan decided to pick up the guitar later in his teens after over 10 years of classical piano […]

Guitarist and composer Matteo Prefumo was born on April 8th, 1991 in Genoa. At age of three, he discovered his love for guitar thanks to his father. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 as self – taught, watching videos of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Jimi Hendrix. At age 15 he took […]

Jonathan Orriols is a Florida based guitarist who has worked with musicians of many genres with some of the best players in Miami. Learning his technique from his days as a metal guitarist, he studied with Tom Lippincott, is a master jazz guitarist and writes for numerous jazz guitar lesson sites.

Avi Bortnick is an American jazz guitarist who became more widely known after his association with guitarist John Scofield. Bortnick joined Scofield’s jam-oriented band in 2000 and played rhythm guitar and samples on three albums: Uberjam, Up All Night, and Uberjam Deux. Born i Israel, Bortnick was raised in St. Louis. Missouri, where he was […]