Johnny j Rivera

Johnny j Rivera

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

Pop Music with a few Jazz changes .

Biography

Johnny j. Rivera is a Guitarist/Songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and vocalist originally from Southern California. Some of his influences include Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Heatwave, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, & Paul Jackson Jr,. A songwriter of instinct , Johnny draws from personal experiences, and lessons from the past and present to create catchy, memorable melodies, and lyrics that audiences can relate too. I love to play music,from the soul,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, Ron Eschete, Frank Gambale, Joe Diorio, Scott Henderson, 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. Currently, Johnny continues to write original music and has released his first album for EGR Recordings entitled "TRYING TO CATCH RAIN" a mixture of Blues/POP/with jazz changes and currently available on iTunes and amazon.com Johnny has performed with Norman Brown (Guitarist) Tim Bogert (Bassist Vanilla Fudge) Frank Gambale (Fusion Guitarist) Luis Conte (Percussionist) Chet Mc Craken (Doobie Brothers) Peter Radd (Angela Bofil) Jeff Gibson (Gruve Nitro) Scott Kay (Commodores) Gear: Custom Strat w/(John Tagg) Neck, AMP= Mesa Boogie Electradyne Pedals= Hermida Zen Drive, MXR Carbon Copy Delay, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal jr, Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Bottom of the line, Planet Waves Chromatic Tuner, BBE Sonic Maximizer(Occasionally) D'addario Xl 10's Fender Bass Picks Heavy.

Lyrics

Lady Cab Driver

Written By: Johnny j Rivera

Lady Cab Driver are you going some other way? Because Everytime I sit in your ride I lose the time of day.

And you take me further further from my home and you keep on taking me further further from my home.

And I ain't got much money and I know this ride ain't free
And I don't even recognize myself what you doing to me?.

And you take me further further from my home and you keep on taking me further further from my home.

Pull over baby so I can get off anywhere long this side of this lonely road

And you take me further further from my home and you keep on taking me further further from my home.

Discography

1st CD Release "TRYING TO CATCH RAIN" available on iTunes & Amazon.com
In rotation at http://www.smoothjazznow.com/on_air_smooth_jazz_streaming_live.html

Set List

Currently Playing 9 Originals with remakes of cover tunes in a Jazz, Blues R&B setting.