And the final 10 are in! Rounding out our tribute to TrueFire educators, here’s our list of the Top 50 Hardest Working Guitarists in no particular order. Drumroll, please…
Mark Egan is considered to be one of the most respected and in-demand electric bassists on the music scene today. His unique fretless bass sound and style is both distinctive and versatile and his musical contributions incomparable. With three platinum & three gold albums to his credit, Mark has recorded with the likes of the Pat Metheny Group, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltry and Joan Osborne; performed with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Marianne Faithful, David Sanborn, John McGlaughlin and Sophie B. Hawkins and has added his musical prowess to such movies and television shows as; Aladdin, The Color Of Money, A Chorus Line, NBC Sports, ABC’s All My Children, CNN/Headline News and numerous award winning television commercials. Mark not only continues his recording and touring efforts which recently included studio performances with Joan Osborne, Michael Franks, Rory Block, Marianne Faithful, and tours with; Elements, Bill Evans and Marianne Faithful, but his passion and visionary approach to contemporary jazz music has led him to the creation of his independent record label, Wavetone Records. He brings his twenty years of performing, recording and producing experience to this new label, dedicated to providing an outlet for creative music projects. To-date Wavetone has released to critical appraise four albums; Elements, Far East Volume I and II, Elements Untold Stories, Egan’s, Mosaic Joe Beck, Finger Painting and the most recent release, Jeff Ciampa, Signs of Life. In addition, Mark has realized his dream with the completion of is own state-of-the-art recording studio, Electric Fields, designed by the highly acclaimed acoustical architect John Storyk. Electric Fields is equipped with a 40-track digital recording system and an array of vintage sound processing gear. Projects already in production include Mark’s solo project, guitarist Jeff Ciampa Trio and Element’s long awaited studio album. Mark continues to explore new sound territories through his extraordinary recording, composing and touring activities. His successful efforts as a musician, producer and label manager keep him on the forefront of the contemporary music scene.
Josh Workman began playing
Andy Ellis grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and Paris, France, where he started studying classical
Jesse Gress tours and records with Todd Rundgren and the Grammy®- nominated Tony Levin Band. A respected performer, music educator, and former music editor of
For over 20 years, Adam Levy has been unlocking the
Billboard Magazine calls Jim Campilongo, “an American treasure”, an accolade this guitarist’s artistry and influential career has richly earned him. With seven albums of original material and guest appearances on dozens of recordings; from the Bammie-winner’s contribution on Cake’s million-selling “Prolonging the Magic” to (most recently) doing lead
Howard Morgen, six and seven-string guitarist/clinician and arranger has written fingerstyle jazz
JUDE, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING
Man, I don’t know. It’s been at least 17 or 18 … weeks. Ha!
WHAT’S THE MOST BIZARRE GIG YOU’VE EVER PLAYED?
That’d probably be the head cutting duel I had with none other than SPINAL TAP’s David St. Hubbins [actor Michael McKean] at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. We bloodied that stage, but both had a great time.
….AND THE MOST CHALLENGING?
HAVE YOU PLAYED ON ANY RECORDINGS YOU REALLY CAN’T PLAY FOR YOUR MOTHER?
Actually yes. I played a wild solo on 2 Live Crew’s “When We Get Them Hoes, We Let –” you know what, I can’t even say the rest of that song’s name.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO SLAP GUITARS LIKE THAT?
Probably from the fact that when I first turned on the radio as a kid, funk groups like Earth Wind & Fire, Lakeside, Heatwave, The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang ruled the airwaves and I loved that music and still do. Do that slap shit on a baritone
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE GUITARIST OF ALL TIME?
I recently met Nile Rodgers, which was a total thrill, because his licks on “Le Freak (C’est Chic)” and “Good Times” are what first inspired me to play electric
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG GIG?
Opening for Joe Satriani at the San Jose Civic in ’96 with ZENNER — when I walked in that arena for soundcheck and saw that huge floor and all those empty seats, there were some big ol’ butterflies in my stomach. I love that adrenaline rush.
DID YOU EVER STUDY MUSIC FORMALLY?
I have a bachelor’s in music from UC Berkeley — go Bears! — but, I also got an education at night playing in the Bay Area club scene.
Joe has been a senior editor at
Sid Jacobs was born in Miami Beach, Florida. Sid spent his first few years in Havana, Cuba prior to the revolution, after which, the Jacobs family returned to Miami. It is there, at the age of seven, he began his fascination with the