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Equipment (I use):
AAD - Phil Jones Pure Sound: I use the AG-100 amp while on tour. 100 watts and only 11.5 lbs!
Acoustic Image: When not on the road, and even sometimes when I am, I use an Acoustic Image Clarus+ power head. So far it's the best amplifier I have found to power both my archtop and gypsy guitars.
Alta Mira Guitars: Among my arsenal I have a fantastic petite bouche Selmer copy (model M01k) built by Alta Mira Guitar Company in China.
Eastman Guitars: Of the archtop guitars I own, I have more Eastmans than anything else because they sound fabulous and the quality is consistent. Currently I have an AR880ce John Pisano model, an AR810ce 17" archtop as well as a 7 string version of this model.
Favino: I also play a wonderful grand bouche gypsy guitar, model Jazz-S, which was custom made for me in 2008 by legendary luthier Jean Pierre Favino in France as well as a 1989 all Maple petite bouche version also made by Jean Pierre.
Gibson: I only own one Gibson and that's my classic L5 Wes Montgomery model. The quintessential bebop jazz guitar!
Raezers Edge: I run my Acoustic Image power amp through a Raezers Edge NY8-ER cabinet. Besides excellent clarity I love the adjustable tweeter!
Wegen Picks: The best gypsy picks! I normally use 3.5mm twins or a 5mm "fatone" for rhythm guitar. Additionally I like the 1.4mm Big City picks for mandolin.
Musicians (past and present collaborations):
Brandon Robinson: Excellent SF Bay Area based jazz guitarist and composer.
Clint Baker: One of the foremost players of trad jazz in the SF Bay Area, musician/jazz historian Clint Baker plays most instruments and just about every song under the sun! His schedule, bio and musical history can be found here.
Hot Club of San Francisco: One of the longest running Hot Club bands in the US led by Pazzo Paul Mehling, HCSF performs traditional gypsy jazz and continues to carry on the Django Reinhardt legacy.
Hot Club of Beijing: One of the bands I work with in China more than any other!
Hot Club Pacific: Santa Cruz based band led by jazz guitarist Marc Schwartz. HCP performs gypsy jazz, bebop and everything in between!
Howard Alden: Jazz guitar luminary, New York based Howard Alden tours the all over the US and abroad. One of the finest swing guitarists alive and especially noted for his playing in the George Van Eps 7 string style.
John Jorgenson: John Jorgenson continues to perform throughout the US and abroad performing his fiery compositions as well the music of Django Reinhardt. His quintet is always on the move and sure to be performing in a city near you!
Lulo Reinhardt: Germany based Sinti Gypsy guitarist Lulo Reinhardt performs all over Europe and abroad including recent tours in Australia with his Latin Swing Project and featured soloist with the International Guitar Night concert series.
Michael Zisman: SF bay area based bassist/composer/jazz educator/mandolinist, Mike Zisman can be heard performing in all sorts of musical projects throughout the greater Bay Area.
Mimi Fox: Jazz guitar extraordinaire Mimi Fox continues to push the limits of jazz guitar. She teaches and performs in the SF Bay Area as well as tours the country all year round.
Sebastien Lanson: Excellent jazz guitarist who though based in Paris, France, travels to the Bay Area from time to time to perform with various ensembles including John Worley's Worlview.
Cyber Playground: One of the most informative educational website on the net with information on most any subject you can think of from linguistics to law, the music industry and more!
Djangofest: Produced by Nick Lehr, Djangofest has been providing Django Reinhardt music festivals on the West coast for ten years now in Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Crested Butte, CO and of course Whidbey Island Washington every September!
Enaria Communications: Excellent company for web design and image/brand building services based in Southern California.
Hunyuan Taiji Academy (Beijing): Official website for Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang's Hunyuan Taiji Academy in Beijing, China.
Hunyuan Taiji Academy of San Jose: Website for info on Chen Style "Hunyuan" Taiji in San Jose, CA as well as special events.
Nicky Almasy Photography: Shanghai based photographer Nicky Almasy has spanned Asia and beyond and specializes in photographing musicians in action! Many photos on my website were shot by Nicky!
Teresa Tam Photography: Excellent SF Bay Area based photographer does fantastic work in all aspects of photography and digital visual media. Her works of artist portraits are particularly mesmerizing!
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