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Jeff Powers

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My Music Journey

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I grew up in Cleveland Ohio and that's where I started learning guitar. At the age of 9 my father bought me a guitar and signed me up for weekly lessons. After four years of lessons I started teaching myself songs and rock.

 

I moved to New Orleans and was turned on by the blues...It was there that I learned my first real blues song. I love the City, Culture, Food, Architecture and especially the Music so much and return whenever possible.

After moving back to Cleveland I began studying jazz guitar with Ralph Russo but after a couple years I heard a classical guitar recital and was hooked...I started studying with James Luce and then Cristof Harlan...and for the next 12 years I practiced 5-10 hours a day.


During that time I auditioned for the Cleveland Institute of music and then studied classical guitar with John Holmquist and latter received a degree in classical guitar performance.

While studying my Masters degree in classical guitar I happened to see/hear Stevie Ray Vaughan live playing the blues and it got me excited about creating and writing music again and returning to my original direction of playing blues, rock, songwriting etc. So, I lost the Tux put on jeans, boots
and a hat and started playing blues and writing songs again.

After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music I moved to Mexico City to teach classical guitar in the famous Estudio Bartok. It was there in Mexico City where I began playing in blues bands. I performed in jails, colleges and clubs at the end of dirt roads… Anywhere and everywhere I could.

After six years of living in Mexico City I return to Cleveland Ohio and began teaching at Cuyahoga Community College and in several private music studios.

Since returning to Cleveland I've been recording the songs that I've been writing all my life and now have five CDs recorded and a couple in the works. I've been performing solo (acoustic/singer-songwriter), in my blues band Dead Guy Blues, running open mics, guitar circles, jam nights, festivals and my latest project: performing as a one man band with a 3-string Cigar Box Guitar and Kick Drum.

I love to perform but I also love teaching guitar and have been doing this full-time for 20+ years. Over the years in Cleveland I've taught in 6 private studios and at Cuyahoga Community College but now I teach exclusively at my home, at the Student's home and by Skype.

I have several tours lined up and I am always writing new music and songs, recording and performing.