Hite / Jazz Guitarist
My musical journey started in Santa Maria, California.
As a child my first instrument was the accordion. My interest in guitar
occurred during my early teen years. After listening to recordings of
Andres Segovia and Chet Atkins, I knew that the guitar was the instrument
I wanted to devote the rest of my life learning how to play. Falling
in love with jazz and jazz guitar happened after my first guitar teacher,
Rex Gallion, had me listen to a Joe Pass and Herb Ellis duet recording.
The rest as they say is history.
I have had the privilege and great honor of taking lessons from local
guitarists Rex and Von Gallion (they both gave me a strong musical foundation
in which to work with), jazz guitarists Ron Anthony, John Collins, Alan
deMause, Peter Sprague, Bill Thrasher and vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake.
My musical experiences have given me the opportunity to play guitar
in solo, duo, trio and quartet settings. My latest quartet experience
has been leading and playing guitar in the Eloquent Quarter Jazz Quartet.
What a treat it is to play with such talented and gifted musicians.
I have also played and recorded for the Pacific Conservatory of Performing
Arts (PCPA) Most notable plays were 'The King and I' and 'Showboat'.
My symphonic experience so far has been playing guitar in Aaron Copeland's
"Appalachian Spring'. I also have had the privilege and continue to
play in area big bands. The variety of music played in these big bands
ranges from jazz (concerts) to commercial (dance).
I sincerely hope, that in some small way, I can continue to encourage
the study of and appreciation for jazz as a viable art form.