Music Legends and More Book Signing
12-20-2021, 2:00 p,m. to 5:00 p.m.
Village Recording Studios, West Los Angeles, CA
Leland Bruce Sklar is an American electric bass guitarist and session musician. He is a member of the Los Angeles-based instrumental group The Section, who served as the de facto house band of Asylum Records and were one of the progenitors of the soft rock sound prevalent on top-40 radio in the 1970s and 1980s. Besides appearing as the backing band on numerous recordings by artists such as Jackson Browne, Carole King, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor, the Section also released three solo albums of instrumental rock. Both in The Section and separately, Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician. He also has toured with James Taylor, Toto, Phil Collins and other major rock and pop acts, and recorded many soundtracks to films and television shows.
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Steven Lee Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known as the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from its founding in 1976 to the present day. A prolific session musician, Lukather has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed to albums and hit singles as a songwriter, arranger and producer. Most notably, Lukather played guitar on Boz Scaggs’ albums Down Two Then Left and Middle Man, and was a prominent contributor to several studio albums by Michael Jackson, including Thriller. Lukather has released eight solo albums, the latest of which, I Found the Sun Again, was released in February 2021.
Influential Keynote Speaker & Best-Selling Author
“Voted Top 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” – Rolling Stone Magazine
What Do John Mellencamp, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, The Smashing Pumpkins, Meatloaf, B.B. King, Rod Stewart, and John Fogerty have in common?
All of these rock ‘n’ roll superstars have performed with Kenny Aronoff as their drummer, keeping the beat in the studio or on the road.
So how do es one become such a sought-after drummer? It all began in 1964, when a young Kenny watched The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show. He asked his Mom to call The Beatles because he wanted to play in their band. Little did he know that fifty years later he would get to perform onstage with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as countless other professional musicians, during the CBS Special The Night That Changed America.
Before that lifetime achievement, Kenny began his rock career touring and performing with John Mellencamp for 17 years! When Mellencamp decided to take time off, Kenny was motivated to embark on his own. He fulfilled a lifelong goal–and became a sought-after session drummer, as well as a touring drummer.
Today, Kenny Aronoff spends his time touring, recording in the studio, and teaching people how to embrace adversity and gain confidence in their personal and professional lives. His life lessons, the stories, the music, and the adventure come to the stage with Kenny Aronoff–one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee | Grammy Award Winner | Original Drummer & Co-founder of Chicago
CHICAGO INITIALLY gained fame opening for music legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and the Beach Boys, hitting its stride almost immediately after their debut effort, Chicago Transit Authority, a double album, came out in 1969.
The iconic group that captured the hearts of millions of fans has earned 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums to date. They have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. On April 8, 2016 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Barclay’s Center in New York.
From the beginning, Seraphine, as the drummer, was always the backbone of the operation. It was his job to keep everyone in time and on balance. He set the pace and carried it through to the end, no matter what. In 1990, after 23 years performing, composing and recording albums with Chicago, Seraphine experienced a jarring parting of ways with the band mates that he considered brothers. The rift threw his life into chaos. Together they had toured the world and created one of the most enduring American songbooks of all time. He left music behind for 15 years, focusing his creative energy on producing, as well as working with a variety of Broadway musical and theatrical projects. After grueling decades spent on the road, Seraphine settled in Colorado, and seized the opportunity to devote more time to his family, deepening his bonds with all six of his children.
In the end, it was a request to play a benefit show for a fellow drummer that pulled Seraphine out of seclusion and sparked a musical rebirth. That night, basking in the glow of a standing ovation, Seraphine realized how much he missed performing.
In 2007, spiritually and creatively reinvigorated, Seraphine returned to the stage with his new jazz-rock powerhouse group, California Transit Authority (CTA) often described as “Chicago on steroids”—and he made peace with his past with the refreshingly candid memoir Street Player: My Chicago Story (Wiley).
Critically acclaimed as an instrumentalist and a composer, Rolling Stone magazine has ranked “the father of jazz rock” as one of the top 100 drummers of all time.
(Percussion). For thirty years, Liberty DeVitto was the driving force behind one of the biggest pop artists of all time. With his intense drive, endless creativity, and New York swagger, Liberty created the grooves for 13 platinum Billy Joel albums that have sold over 150 million copies, and wrote and performed the drum parts on 22 of Billy’s 23 top-40 hits and all of his six GRAMMY@ Award-winning recordings. He toured the world multiple times as one of the most well-known drummers of his era. The amazing success did not come without a price. This is Liberty’s story: a tale of an Italian-American kid who followed his dream and attained unimaginable success, only to see it crumble before his eyes, and ultimately experience a rebirth after passing through the fire of broken relationships, divorce, substance abuse, the death of a brother and a bandmate and the pain of losing the persona the world knew as “Billy Joel’s drummer.” In this compelling memoir, Liberty takes you back to his immigrant roots and ultimate settling on Long Island, a place he recounts in warm detail. He then traces a musician’s journey: early childhood bands, a rise through the local club scene, wedding bands, building a career, his first tours, and then a juggernaut of success, excess, and stardom with Billy Joel. The making of each of Billy’s albums is recounted in detail, with specific memories from the recording sessions of every song on every album from Turnstiles through Storm Front. Liberty then shares stories from the production and tour for River of Dreams and the end of his tenure with Billy. Liberty is a tale of following and fulfilling your dream, a love story of a drummer and his drum, and an inside look at the music and career of Billy Joel from the man who viewed it from the best seat in house: the drum throne.
As an entertainment journalist for more than 30 years, Robyn Flans has worked for such diverse publications as People Magazine, In Touch, Mix, Modern Drummer, Country Weekly and a daily newspaper. She has authored four music books, written numerous bios, electronic press kits, including cut by cuts for artists, album liner notes (http://www.allmusic.com/search/all/robyn%20flans)
and currently hosts a live drummer radiocast at www.spreaker.com/rfdi
Actor and professional mime, Don McLeod, writes unbelievable stories about his career as gorilla and other fantastic creatures. Famous for his role as the American Tourister gorilla and his appearance as the gorilla in the Eddie Murphy / Don Aykrod / Jamie Lee Curtis movie, “Trading Places” and many other films, Don shares the trials and tribulations of traveling with his gorilla suit, awkward public situations, and much more. Entertaining and enlightening, this memoir gives the reader great respect for those actors who portray non-human characters in the movies!
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Bill Schnee is an internationally renowned producer, engineer and mix master. He has over 125 Gold and Platinum records and 50 top twenty singles, and is known as an engineer’s engineer.
Bill has worked on dozens of Grammy nominated and winning albums, and has been personally nominated 11 times for The Best Engineered Album category, winning twice for Steely Dan’s Aja
. He also has won an Emmy Award for Best Sound Mixing for a Variety Special and a Dove Award.
In his 50+ year career, Bill has found success in every musical genre, from Pop to Rock to R&B to Gospel to Country.
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Jeffrey Weber has been a widely-recognized music industry professional for almost forty years. He has produced over 190 CDs with releases on just about every major label as well as a host of inde
pendent labels. Along the way, his projects have yielded two Grammys, seven
Grammy nominations, at least seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors.
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