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Because the typical jazz form is somewhat overdone these days especially on these sites, I try to do something slightly different. Mine is more of a free feel jazz guitar (motivic) , although playing other forms is not a problem. I often like to use just perc/drums and acoustic bass as my rhythm section and use piano only to enhance certain parts during the song. I find that not using another chording instrument allows me to use chord structures and melodic lines which won't clash or sound too dissonant.

My other style, smooth jazz, uses a nylon string acoustic/ electric guitar which allows me to play atuff a little more of a pop style jazz which I do with several other guys. The instrumentation includes; drums, percussion, electric bass, electric piano, 2 rhythm guitars and me on the nylon string guitar.
Why this name?
I was born in Finland and it's my given name. I use it these days but I've had several stage names in the past Some of you might be familiar with one...Tom Summers. It was a name given to me back in the late sixties by my agent. Another one is Mark Hammond used in the days when I played the Hammond B2 organ on the road.
Do you play live?
on and off when ever the arthritis allows me to. I've played all over the US, Canada, parts of Europe, Australia and Japan, sometimes on guitar but mainly other instruments like keys or bass. Special moments? wow! well.....just having an opportunity to play with some known jazz recording artists in the past is enough to give you chills running down the spine. Most musicians will never have that opportunity.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
it allowed too many hacks and wanna be's who never paid their dues by commitment and long practice time to learn to play an instrument get heard. It's just too easy to create music and be heard these days taking away the respect from real musicians that they deserve. Music these days mean nothing to listeners anymore since anyone can make music whether you play an instrument or not. A real musician can't even get a buck for a song he/she had to practice many hours to perfect and then turn around and spend money to record it. It's no wonder that most musicians like myself have gone underground where we as musicians are better appreciated for our long term commitment, hard work and efforts. At least we have that from the internet.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
no! been there done that don't wanna do it again! They will rip you off in a heart beat and then screw you on top of that.
Band History:
I've been playing for well over 5 decades. I've had 16 years of formal musical training and hold a degree in both music education and in performance. I started on the accordion at the age of 7 and then picked up guitar and other keys along the way. As I look back at my career in music I've had the pleasure to perform with countless bands and recording artists. I won't get into a big ego thing and list them.

I studied music at the Ontario conservatory of music in Canada. Later I received my degree in music from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. My studies included vocal training, playing all orchestral and band instruments, band administration, conducting, orchestration and performing. My major was flute and minor piano. My favorite instruments were cello and bass viol (upright bass).

Although I began playing guitar when I was 17, it wasn't until much later in life that I became a serious jazz guitarist. In the mid 70's I was too busy playing keys on the road and had little time for guitar so I put it on hiatus. 30 years later at the age of 56, I had an urge to play guitar again. I locked myself in a room for 9 months practicing 6-8 hours a day until I had re-learned the guitar. It was tough but it was a commitment I had to make to myself in-order to be able to play decent jazz guitar.
Your influences?
There have been several who had been my jazz influences but on guitar, Kenny Burrell, Howard Roberts , George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Melvin Sparks, Barney Kessell, Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Luiz Bonfá, Charlie Byrd, Russ Freeman (guitarist), Pat Martino, Phil Upchurch,
Favorite spot?
Sydney, Australia
Equipment used:
My main guitar is a 1967 Goya RangeMaster which I traded a Farfisa Organ for back in 1970. I use D'Addario XL, warm/mellow flat wound strings. I use an original Pignose 7-100 practice amp for a pre-amp and an old Ampeg amp w/12" speaker for all of my playing and recording.

My other guitar is a Cordoba C7-CE CD which had Savarez Corum strings on it. Didn't like them so I changed them to Savarez 520 R which stay in tune much longer and gives me the tone I'm looking for. I use 3 Oktava MK 012-01 mics when recording the guitar for a natural tone. Other times I will use a Roland KC 500 keyboard amp and mic the amp for air. Why a keyboard amp? Most guitar amps today have some degree of distortion which I don't want. For a totally clean sound I have to use a keyboard amp or a vintage Ampeg guitar tube amp. Since the Ampeg is a bit more mellower I tend to go towards the Roland which gives me a brighter tone.
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