Johnny (j) Rivera is a guitarist/songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and vocalist originally from Southern California, currently living in Las Vegas Nevada. He's been writing songs most his life. Some of his influences range from Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Heatwave, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton
, Michael Franks, The Beatles, and Miles Davis. A songwriter of instinct, Johnny draws from personal experience, and lessons from the past and present to create catchy, memorable melodies, and lyrics that audiences can relate too. I love to play music, with feeling, from the soul, something that an audience member can take with them when they leave a show, that's what I strive for. A self taught guitar player, until he enrolled at Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood California. Johnny found his love for jazz, and blues, while attending Musicians Institute of Technology (GIT), taking instruction along side of legends, Joe Pass
, and Tommy Tedesco to name a few. Johnny says, "I grew up there musically, I had no reservations about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life after going to school at GIT." After Musicians Institute, Johnny played keyboards and sang with world renowned jazz guitarist Norman Brown. I learned a lot from Norman the one thing he always said was be persistent and patient and just playin. Johnny has composed jingles nationwide. His most popular spot is the UNLV TICKETS WE GET YOU THERE jingle, which has given him some recognition locally, as it is well known here in Las Vegas, still being played on Television and Radio . Currently, Johnny continues to write original music and has performed at every major hotel casino on the strip in Las Vegas. Johnny's true passion continues to be songwriting and playing guitar. His goal has always been to write, perform, and produce up and coming artists. Johnny has performed with Norman Brown (guitarist) Tim Bogert (bassist Vanilla Fudge) Frank Gambale (fusion fuitarist) Luis Conte (Percussionist) Chet Mc Craken (Doobie Brothers) Peter Radd (Angela Bofil) Jeff Gibson (Gruve Nitro) Scott Kay (Commodores) Matt Chamberlain (drummer).
Guitar/ vocals/ producer.
Teachers and/or influences?
Influences: Al McKay, Maurice White, Donny Hathaway, Johnny Wilder Jr, Stevie Wonder, The Winans, Steely Dan, Ivan Lins, Paul Jackson Jr, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, The Beatles, Sade, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks,The Crusaders, Joe Sample, George Duke
It's become pop music essentially......Most of the smooth jazz recordings all begin to sound the same not like the 70's when you had diffrent styles the music was recorded diffrently not over compressed more dynamics...... I said most not all......
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Teach it early on in schools.
What is in the near future?
Working on my first album should be released end of November 2009