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Frank Axtell
Frank Axtell Quartet 'Live' at Sunfest
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Frank Axtell Quartet 'Live' at Sunfest 2005 West Palm Beach FL
Frank Axtell/guitar,
Randy Ward/bass,
Lewis Rainbow/drums,
Jackson Bunn/keyboards

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Frank Axtell 2009

With over two decades in the music industry, Frank Axtell is a renowned guitarist, composer and teacher and is a major contributor to the south Florida jazz-fusion scene. He performs with his own jazz ensemble, The Frank Axtell Quartet. He toured extensively in the mid 80s along the Atlantic coast and Europe & has recorded on the West Coast at San Franciscos The Record Plant. Thankfully he has decided to make south Florida his home.

Frank attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has always taken his continuing course of musical evolution seriously, learning from prominent guitarists Vincent Bredice, Joe Diorio, Scott Henderson, and Jack Wilkins. In 1990-91 Frank served on the faculty at Miami Dade Community College. He has performed guitar clinics and teaches guitar and electric bass at Digital Soundscapes Studios, West Palm Beach. Currently, with over 40 private students, Frank owns and operates his own multimedia recording studio, Digital Soundscapes where he produces many local artists in addition to composing and engineering his own projects.

Why this name?
For years I performed as a sideman in other bands. It was time to form my own group.
Do you play live?
Yes. I do play out live at festivals and special concert performances. Performing live is always a gas.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It puts all artists on a level playing field.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
It would depend on the situation.
Band History:
The band was started as a trio and eventually became a quartet. The band has had a series of great musicians such as Miami keyboardist Abel Pabon and Venezuelan drummer Gustavo Calle. The current line up includes Lewis Rainbow on drums, Randy Ward on fretless bass and Paul Banman on keyboards.
Your influences?
Joe Zawinul
Wayne Shorter
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Chick Corea

Jimi Hendrix
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Vincent Bredice
Carlos Edwardo Arellano
John McLaughlin
Igor Stravinsky
Bela Bartok
Jaco Pastorius
Charlie Parker
Tribal Tech
Pat Martino
George Benson
Micheal Brecker
Brand X
The Beatles
Trilok Gurtu
Jeff Beck
Herbie Hancock
Frank Zappa
Jimi Hendrix
Mike Landau
Shawn Lane
Trilok Gurtu
King Crimson
Scott Kinsey
Joe Diorio
Jaco Pastorius
Ravi Shankar
Airto Moreira
Flora Purim
Scott Henderson
Joe Henderson
Sonny Rollins
Bud Powell
Jimmy Bruno
Vic Juris
Jeff Berlin
Vinnie Colaiuta
Wayne Kranz
Bad Finger
Brian Auger
John Scofield
Favorite spot?
New York
San Francisco
Equipment used:
Music Hardware
The guitars...83 Fender strat with 1968 pickups, Bill Nash relic 57 strat, San Dimas Charvel strat, Gibson ES 775 archtop, 70's Gibson Les Paul Custom, Taylor BZ 714, 2006 Gibson ES 335.
The amps... John Suhr PT OD 100, Fender Vibro King, 1959 HW Marshall Plexi Super Lead 100 with 1960 Marshall AX 4x12, 1970's Marshall JMP MkII 50 watt with Old Marshall 1970 4x12 Slant Cab with 25 watt Celestion greenbacks, 2 Marshall Silver Jubilee's, Peavey 5150, 66 and 65 Fender Blackfaced Super Reverb amps, Fender Deluxe Reverb, 70 and 71 Fender Princeton Reverb, 2 Peavey Special 130's,
The pedals... Xotic BB preamp, Xotic RC booster, TS9 Tube screamer, Maxon OD9, Electro Harmonix memoryman, Arion SC-1 chorus, Lexicon PCM 80, Carl Martin compressor, Chandler Stereo Digital Echo, MXR (70's skript logo) Dyna Comp for recording, Cry Baby wah.
The recording gear... Apple Dual 2.7 Ghz G5, Apple MacBook Pro 2.33 Ghz 17", Logic Pro 7 (all mixing and effects are done in Logic), Logic Express, Korg 01WFD as keyboard controller, Shure SM 57 mics, Presonus Firepod, Motu Micro Lite, Mackie HR 824 monitors, AKG K240 Studio Monitor headphones.
Anything else...?
Thanks to my good friend and guitar amp/pedalboard guru Steve Siciliano at Palm Beach Guitars for helping me get great guitar tone.
Downstairs Groove Orchestra gig
The Rig Of Doom
My teacher, Vince Bredice
isight cam
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