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Long considered the premier bluesrock guitarist on the East Coast, Flamin' Harry Mc Gonigal and his band, The Roadhouse Rockers, comprised of Chuck Hearne on bass and John Kehoe on drums are a cohesive trio that deliver a powerful brand of progressive bluesrock. Guitar driven with a Blues Attitude and a signature sound.
Flamin' Harry, also called the Bluzpirate, has recorded six releases, "Fire On Main Street", "Rude Shoes", "Life Under The Gun","Hot, Blue and Righteous", "Back Trackin" and "Blues Cruise".. He also appears on the Compilation CD "The Green Room Blues". This CD features the best blues band from Pennsylvania. The critically acclaimed "Life Under The Gun" features Harry's impressive guitar and song writing work. This is exemplified in the melodies of the title track "Ain't Nobody", number one on Philadelphia AOR giant WMMR for over three weeks, as well as the blistering blues-rocker "Cruzin'". In fact, "Cruzin'" is the opening track on the Paisano Easyriders Video "The Great Escape", distributed worldwide. "Hot, Blue and Righteous", is a return to the raw Blues-Rock style that he is known for. It was a regular on Bubba John Stevens WMMR radio show "Blues Alley" in Philadelphia.
After seeing Harry in action, one can readily understand George Thorogood calling him "the most underrated guitar player in North America." Jon Takiff, music critic for the Philadelphia Daily News says "The Flamin' Harry Band has a sound coherent of the classic trios like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience." Jack Lloyd of the Philadelphia Inquirer gave Harry's last record a FOUR STAR RAVE REVIEW saying "this album makes Harry's unit the hottest band to come out of the Philadelphia area since George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers." Eugene Pitts of Audio Magazine just reviewed Hot, Blue & Righteous and he says " A for Sound, A for Performance!" "Blaze Guitar Work!" " Adrenaline rush with the hair on the back of my neck stickin' straight up!" " Move over Slowhand (Clapton), Flamin' Harry's here!"
Check out his website: Flamin' Harry
Gene Hahn - Guitar
If your looking for a teacher who is well rounded and consistently strives to make his lessons fun and inspiring Gene is the teacher for you. He holds a degree in music which allows him to teach styles from jazz and blues to metal. With over 15 years of professional teaching, his love for music is only matched by his love for
teaching and dedication, to help each student to achieve their musical goal. Gene’s student base ranges from childhood to adult. He has excellent communication skills across all ages and encourages questions and concerns from their parents. Gene has the skill to recognize different learning abilities and finds the best way to teach each student. When Gene is not teaching, he loves spending time with his wife and two young children and is active in his community. He performs in his band for fundraisers and local club scenes. He is not only limited to bands, he also performs in musicals for local schools and churches as well as weddings.
Dan Hanrahan - Guitar
Since graduating from Temple University's Boyer College of Music in 2009, guitarist Dan Hanrahan has been active in the Philadelphia area as a performer and educator. Dan has performed at several Philadelphia area venues such as Chris' Jazz Cafe, Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, The Deer Head Inn, The Kimmel Center, and has shared the stage with Benny Golson, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, and Bruce Barth. As a teacher, Dan is committed to helping students achieve their goals while having fun. He teaches rock, blues, jazz, classical and pop styles to students of all levels. While studying with Dan, students will learn the fundamentals of proper technique and reading music as well as their favorite songs.
Mark Lauer - Guitar, Electric Bass
Mark started classical guitar at the age of 7. He studied for over 5 years with his uncle who had studied under Segovia in Spain. With this background he went on to master electric guitar and bass. Mark believes lessons should be a fun educational process. For over twenty years Mark has enjoyed songwriting as well as playing some of the Philadelphia areas largest venues. Mark has always loved the Beatles and his biggest thrill was meeting Paul McCartney during his 1999 tour.
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Jason Paul - Guitar
Jason teaches acoustic and electric guitar, and has been playing for 13 years. His specialty is rock and metal, although he loves jazz as well. His favorites include the prog rock that came out of Italy and Britain during the 70's, and the European melodic metal scene. His favorite guitarists are: Jason Becker, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth.. Feel free to contact him through Facebook to answer any of your questions.
Ron Rosenberger - Guitar, Electric Bass
Ron teaches guitar and bass and is our group music teacher. He studied with the late Dennis Sandole, who taught sax legend John Coltrane and guitar legend Pat Martino. He especially enjoys teaching beginners.
Michael Kelly Smith - Guitar
Lead guitarist and co-founder of rock bands Britny Fox and Cinderella. Performance experience includes U.S. tours with Poison, Ratt, and Joan Jett; a European tour with Alice Cooper and a performance with Bon Jovi in Tokyo, Japan. Over 30 years playing experience and 17 years teaching experience. Specializing in classic rock, metal, and blues styles.
Jordan Strauss - Guitar *** (Specializing in ages 7-11) and (Advanced Rock/Metal Lead)
“IF THE STUDENT HASN’T LEARNED, THE TEACHER HASN’T TAUGHT” This quote sums up the way Jordan Strauss feels about a teacher's role regarding student's learning, especially if the student is in the 7-11 age range. While some teachers are quick to blame the student for a lack of progress (not practicing), Jordan believes that it is his duty to help a student realize their dream of playing the guitar and he takes FULL responsibility for the results that his students get from working with him. He focuses on making the learning process so EASY and FUN that students never want to quit. "I never make students learn songs that they don’t like and I don’t try to force my personal musical interests on my students." Jordan specializes in Rock and Metal lead guitar. If you are having trouble getting faster, feeling stuck in your playing or don’t know what you want to learn next, he will help you break through your barriers. If you want to learn to play like SLASH, learn METALLICA solos or Shred like VAI, SATRIANI or GILBERT he is the teacher you need. Whether you want to learn your favorite solos note for note or learn licks and music theory, Jordan can find a lesson plan to suit your interests. Check him out on Facebook or Youtube
Justin Sekelewski - Upright and Electric Bass
Justin Sekelewski started playing the acoustic bass at age nine. He began playing the electric bass at the age of 12. Throughout high school Mr. Sekelewski played in the Orchestra and jazz band as well as many musicals such as "Little Shop of Horrors". He also played in many bands while in high school that traversed many musical genres from rock to punk to hip hop to free improv. Mr. Sekelewski pursued classical bass studies with Joanne Bates, who is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and is currently the principal bassist in the Princeton Symphony and Princeton Opera Company. Mr. Sekelewski is currently working on his bachelors of music degree in jazz performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. Recent performances have been with Branford Marsalis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He is scheduled to perform with Nicholas Payton in New York City and Benny Golson in Detroit this summer.
Katie Eagleson studied music and voice at Temple University, Neupauer Conservatory and privately. She has been performing and teaching voice in the Philadelphia area since the 1980’s. Through the years Katie has been the featured vocalist with Big Bands and several smaller ensembles. Now her primary performance work is doing cabaret and jazz concerts with her husband and his band, the Lenny Pierro Trio.
Katie has released 3 CDs including “Once Upon A Time” (2007), an eclectic mix of standards, show tunes, and jazz; “On the Other Hand” (2009), a collection of 16 songs from 16 different composers of the Great American Songbook; and a French recording (2011) of two songs made famous by Edith Piaf.
In her teaching Katie focuses on proper technique and diction. The repertoire she teaches varies somewhat, depending on the age, ability, and taste of the student. She teaches anyone over six years old, including adults. Beginners are welcome.
Visit Katie's website: www.katieeagleson.com
Dan Nissenbaum - Trumpet, Piano
Dan Nissenbaum grew up in Philadelphia and learned how to play piano and trumpet at an early age. His exposure to classical, pop and jazz
music in his youth led to studies at the Settlement School of Music in addition to various institutions such as Valley Forge Military Academy and
the Clef Club of Jazz. He began playing professionally at the age of 15, performing around the city of Philadelphia in various nightclubs and
concert venues. After graduating from high school in 2003, he studied at Berklee College of Music, where he refined his skills in jazz and other
styles. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Brass Performance in 2007. He began performing his own music in 2005 and has continued to
play solo shows in coffee shops, bars, and night clubs. Dan has played with show bands, brass quintets, big band jazz groups and small jazz
ensembles. He has played for weddings and funerals, birthdays and block parties as well as picnics, parades and religious holidays. He currently
performs, records and teaches in the Tri-State area and has played extensively in New York and Chicago.
Ji Su Yun - Violin, Piano
Ji Su has a Masters of Education from Temple University. As well as being a freelance musician she was the 1st Violinist for the Old York Rd. Symphony, 1st Violinist for Independence Sinfonia, 1st Violinst for Leeds University Symphony Orchestra (England),1st Violinist fro Brandeis-Wellesley University Symphony Orchestra as well as a number of other positions. Albright College Chamber Orchestra Concertmistress. Coached violinists collectively and individually in the music scores and performed violin solos.
Yu-Wen Chen - Piano
A native of Taiwan, pianist Yu-Wen Chen began her study of piano at the age of five. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano
Performance from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Piano Accompanying
(Chamber Music) from the Boyer College of Temple University. Currently, she is pursuing a Professional Studies certificate in Temple
University and studies with Harvey Wedeen, Lambert Orkis and Charles Abramovic. She received numerous Excellency Prizes in many Piano Competitions.
She has frequently performed in various chamber music, accompaniment, as well as many Piano Recitals.
Jill Gallagher - Piano
Jill has been teaching private piano lessons for fourteen years. She specializes in teaching classical music to beginners young and old. Jill's students have ranged in age from six to eighty-five. Each September her students showcase their talents at their annual recital which includes a meet and greet party afterwards. She began her piano education at seven and continues her studies presently under David Ancker. In 2001, Jill received her Bachelor of Arts in Music (piano performance) from Millersville University studying under the direction of Dr. Anita Renfroe. At Millersville, her interest in 20th Century piano music grew. Her education includes study in Piano Pedagogy, Music Theory, Solfeggio, Music History, Art Music, Conducting, Symphonic Music, Popular Music, and Eurhythmics. She performed in the Millersville University Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Mixed Chorus. Jill's goal is to inspire her love of music in her students. Her favorite musical activity is watching the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Kimmel Center and outside at the Mann Music Center during the summer months.
Jim Holton - Piano, Cello
Jim Holton has performed extensively in the Philadelpia area, New York and New Jersey with several groups including the critacally-acclained "Rhythm and Brass", Orrin Evans' "Captain Black Band" and Joe Sudler's "Swing Machine" which backed artists such as Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton and Al Grey. Some of the many musicans he has worked with over the years include bassists Tyrone Brown, Mike Boone and Charles Fambrough; drummers Bryon Landham, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Ryan Faulkner and Cornell Rochester; and horn players John Swana, Bootsy Barnes, Larry Mc Kenna and Clifford Adams.
Jim has a BA in Jazz Piano Performance from Temple University.
Among Jim's recordings are Mike Boone's "Better Late Than Never", Tyrone Brown's "The Magic Within" and "Bass Works", and Barry Sames' "Celebration." He also played on the Grammy-Nominated soundtrack, composed by Dr. Maurice Wright for the documentary film "Strokes of Genius."
Jim and his music have been featured many times on Philadelphia's WRTI-FM, where he has also appeared as a guest of Bob Perkins on his popular radio show.
In October 2008, Jim released the CD "No Green Bananas-A Restrospect." The CD was favorably reviewed by, among others, The Philadelphia Inquirer and All About Jazz. Recently Jim was interviewed and appears on the front page of the Philadelphia Jazz Music Examiner's web page.
Don McCormick - Drums