Dave Hunter has made a long and successful career out explaining and teaching the very complex relationships between the tone of a guitar amp and the technology from which it is derived. As and journalist and a musician Hunter has learned to convey these ides in a very tech savy way that engineers appreciate as well as in a descriptive tone that guitar players understand making his books a necessary introduction to guitar amplifier components. Continue reading
David Baker studied with J.J. Johnson, Janos Starker, and George Russell. He has been honored with nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and the Grammy Award. Mr. Baker has received the Down Beat Magazine’s New Star Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Jazz Education Hall of Fame Award, the National Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Masters Award. Continue reading
David Crombie is widely acknowledged as a leading authority on keyboard instruments. He is a regular contributor to many magazines, with more than 500 articles published. David has written several books including The Electric and Electronic Keyboard Handbook and The New Complete Synthesizer, and has contributed to a variety of other works including Microsoft’s Musical Instruments CD-ROM.
Meeting the challenge of exploring new media, David Gross has used his knowledge of music to stretch into different fields of the industry. A long-time tour and studio bassist with performers such as Bette Midler, Michael Bolton, Stephen Stills and The Rascals, Gross is the head of the new jazz label Theorcolus Records, a division of SOL 3 Records. The gigging executive also provides bass instruction through private lessons, correspondence courses, and a series of video tapes and manuals. Occasionally trading his bass for a microphone, Gross hosts a radio show devoted to avant garde recordings, Outside with David C. Gross, on New York’s WBJB 90.5. He is the curator of the Main St. Arts Center and is the artistic director of music at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York. From jingles (Coca-Cola, Nestles, English Leather) to Broadway (Oh Calcutta!), Gross’ musical tastes are as numerous as the hats he wears. Through the many demands of his career, he continues to place particular attention to the composing and recording of his own material. Continue reading
David Miles Huber is an American composer and producer in the downtempo, ambient and dance genres, and the author of numerous books on recording and electronic music. Huber’s CD series Relaxation and Meditation with Music and Nature has sold over one million copies. His latest music and collaborations are available through the 51bpm independent record label. Huber’s most prominent book, Modern Recording Techniques, has sold over 250,000 copies and is a standard recording industry text. Continue reading
Daylle Deanna Schwartz has successfully constructed a dual career. She frequently appears on national TV and radio, including Oprah, Inside Edition and Howard Stern, to provide expertise and commentary about both the music industry and issues related to relationships and personal growth. She speaks on both topics for colleges, organizations and corporations. Continue reading
A principal partner and vice president of research & development at Rane Corporation, Dennis earned BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to Rane Corporation, he worked as engineering manager for Phase Linear Corporation. Before that he was the audio application engineer at National Semiconductor Corporation where he created the Audio Handbook, acting as technical editor and contributing author. Continue reading
Derek Phillips, retired since 1993, was an architect and lighting consultant. After obtaining degrees at Liverpool School of Architecture (first class honors) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and after spending time as a visitor to the University of Berkeley, Derek became Architectural Consultant to the AEI Lamp and Lighting Company. He then founded his own architectural and lighting practice in 1958, called Derek Phillips Associates, which later became (DPA) UK Lighting and DPA Chartered Architects. He was Chairman of the Hertfordshire Association of Architects and a RIBA Council Member. He was also President of the Illuminating Engineering Society, now Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and Consultant to UNESCO on ancient monuments in Sri Lanka. He was also Vice President of the International Association of Lighting Designers, New York.
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Diane Sward Rapaport, founder and president of Jerome Headlands Press, Inc., has been a pioneer in the field of music business education. Continue reading
Dick Weissman was born in Philadelphia, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. His musical career was interrupted by a teenage career as a semi-professional ping pong player. Following the advice in Pete Seeger’s banjo book, Dick bought a five string banjo at a pawn shop in the skid row section of town, abandoning it when he couldn’t figure out how to tune it without breaking strings. While attending Goddard College in Vermont, Dick met Lil Blos, who offered to teach him how to play the banjo. At about the same time Dick won a guitar in payment of a gambling debt that was part of his ping pong expertise.
Spending his junior year in New York and New Mexico, Dick met the gospel blues guitarist Gary Davisin New York, and had the great experience of sitting in on a number of occasions with Gary at the house of Tiny Ledbetter, Leadbelly’s niece. Dick studied with guitarist Jerry Silverman during this New York sojourn, and met the superb banjoist Stu Jamieson in Albuquerque.
After graduating from college, Dick moved to New York, and spent the next four years alternating between attending graduate school and becoming active in the folk music scene in Greenwich Village. Eventually he dropped out of Columbia, performed with Happy Traum, did a two week gig at Folk City opening for Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, and with John Phillips and Scott McKenzie formed the folk-pop band The Journeymen. Three and a half years, three Capitol albums and several hundred concerts later, Dick moved back to New York and became a studio musician, record producer and songwriter.
In 1972 he moved to Colorado, got a music degree, wrote numerous instructional books for banjo and guitar, and performed widely. This evolved into a writing career, co-authoring the award-winning Folk Music Sourcebook and writing the best-selling The Music Business: Career Opportunities & Self Defense. At the same time Dick taught at the late Colorado Women’s College, later getting an MA from the University of Oklahoma, and working for NARAS as their National Educational Coordinator in Los Angeles in 1987. Moving back to Colorado, Dick became a tenured professor in the Music & Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver. While in Colorado he wrote a number of other instructional folios, two feature film scores, and he focused on performing and recording original instrumental music.
In 2002 Dick and his wife Susan Planalp moved to Oregon, and they live in Portland, where Dick continues to perform, record, and to teach seminars and workshops. To date Dick has written 15 published books on music and the music business, is featured on six instrumental CDs, and has written over fifty instructional folios for various music publishers.