Sammy Perez was first exposed to music at the age of three while falling asleep to the songs from his parents record collection. It wasn’t until attending a small church in his hometown of Albuquerque when Sammy was finally able to play in front of a crowd. Growing up, he developed a deeper connection with music and enjoyed learning other instruments and expanding his overall ability.
In 2010, he headed to Los Angeles to study at the world-renowned Musicians Institute under the guidance of Scott Henderson, Carl Verhayan, Allen Hinds, and many other greats. Since graduating Sammy has been constantly invested in recording and producing for many artists as well as freelancing for bands in Los Angeles and Albuquerque. He’s currently the lead guitarist for Sony signed artist Guordan Banks – who himself has been featured with artists from John Legend, Meek Mills, Lelah Hathaway, 50 Cent, Keisha Cole and others.
Sammy is also Ryan Montano’s guitarist of choice – having recorded and played on his latest single “Honey Girl” which is currently #15 on Billboard. He also had the opportunity to play on one of the nations biggest Jazz festivals The “ Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Florida.
Sammy is very passionate about the music he creates and the industry. He see’s it as an ever evolving art and isn’t afraid to adapt. He strives to keeps a balance between the past tradition of Jazz, Pop, Rock and RnB. While still pushing towards new progressive music, sounds, instrumentation and approaches.
Here’s some of his performances:
Born and raised in Sparta, Greece, Tom Moustos (Thanasi Moustogiannis) had the desire to learn music and be a professional musician from an early age. This passion led his to become a versatile first-call freelance drummer and percussionist, with the ability to support any kind of music, ranging from ethnic/eastern Mediterranean music to pop and jazz. Although his primary focus is the drum set, Tom is also a trained pianist with degrees in both Harmony of Music and Counterpoint.
Tom furthered his educational journey at Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied with many prominent drum instructors and educators such as Frank Donaldson (Bill Withers), Dana Hall (Ray Charles), and Tom Hipskind (Kick The Cat). Later, he graduated with a specialization in Jazz studies. Furthermore, he received a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at N.I.U. having studied with recognized drummer Rodrigo Villanueva (Eddie Gomez Trio).
Tom has shared the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. Collaborating with Archon Studios, he recorded the soundtracks for hit Disney movies “Teen Beach Movie” (2013) and “Teen Beach Movie 2” (2015). Tom has also collaborated with NeilaProductions Studios for various projects such as the recording with aika (J-pop top 10) for the trailer of Warner Brothers’ movie Ironclad (Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox), recording with guitarist Marty Friedman from band Megadeath and Laura Rizotto’s single “Love It” for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Tom is Available for Private Lessons on Thursdays and Sundays.
See him play here!