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Lance Vallis / Bio

I have played in groups ranging from rock bands and jazz quintets to musical theater pit orchestras. My musical heroes include Led Zeppelin, Charlie Christian, Kenny Burrell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, Phish and The Meters. Originally from Long Island, New York, I first began learning guitar at age 15.

I moved from New York to Massachusetts to attend Berklee College of Music, and later that year joined the band Banter, a group whose sound combined '90s alterna-rock angst with classic rock harmonies. After leaving this group, I pursued a variety of different projects, including a short stint in the show band on board a Carnival Cruise Lines ship. Eventually I became more serious about learning jazz guitar, and decided to solve the mystery of learning how to solo over jazz tunes.

My studies led me to many late night jam sessions, and occasionally a commute to New York City after work on Fridays to spend the weekend developing my chops at the clubs in the Big Apple. Eventually I landed a gig playing with notable Boston jazz musician Sonny Watson. While I loved playing jazz, I felt that it was time to try something different. I joined the band Savin ill, a hip-hop group that fused funk, soul and rock using live instruments, creating our own unique style (www.myspace.com/savinill). I have also played with pop-rock singer/songwriter Max G.

If you're interested in private lessons, contact me at lancevallis@gmail.com

General Info

Artist Name
Lance Vallis
Home Page
Jazz / Classic Rock / Blues

Contact Info

Portland, OR

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