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Sheryl Bailey
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Chair of Guitar

As a leader, Sheryl Bailey has toured worldwide including in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong, among other places, with projects including the Sheryl Bailey 3, the Sheryl Bailey 4, the Electric Ladyland Project, and Plucky Strum. She has 11 critically acclaimed releases as a leader. Her latest is Departure (Whaling City Sound) with bass master Harvie S.

Bailey has toured and recorded with multiple renowned artists and groups including the Anat Cohen Tentet, Richard Bona, David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove, Abraham Inc., and Irene Cara, among many others. As an educator, she has been a professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music since 2000, and was recently named the assistant chair of Berklee's Guitar Department. She also is a visiting artist at the Collective School of Music in New York City and has hosted master classes and workshops worldwide. Her Mel Bay publication, Moveable Shapes, is a top seller in their jazz curriculum series. She has developed a group of interactive courses, collectively called the Bebop Dojo Bootcamp, for an online jazz academy at truefire.com.

Bailey plays her Signature McCurdy Mercury model and Stonebridge acoustic guitars, and uses Acoustic Image amplifiers.

Colin Sapp B.M. ’02
Berklee College of Music, Associate Professor, Guitar

Colin Sapp is a guitarist, composer, and producer with over 150 recording credits. He has most notably performed with Backstreet Boys, Ally Brooke, Kurt Elling, Rakesh Chaurasia, Billy Gilman, and James Wolpert from NBC’s The Voice. He's the leader of Infinite Out, a member of the jazz fusion group Choose to Find, and a published author with articles on performance, pedagogy, and peer mentoring.

Sapp has given master classes and clinics internationally on improvisation, jazz, rock, and fusion guitar; effects pedals and amps; music education and pedagogy; and performance. His YouTube channel, Inside Out Guitar with Colin Sapp, contains concepts, drills, and advice that he has developed for guitarists at all levels. He's a GHS artist.

Tomo Fujita
Berklee College of Music, Professor, Guitar
Career Highlights
  • Recordings include Right Place, Right Time and Put on Your Funk Face
  • Performances with Phil Collins, Kenwood Dennard, Ronnie Earl, James Genus, Paul Jackson, Darryl Jones, Will Lee, Mighty Sam McClain, Roomful of Blues, Susan Tedeschi, and others
  • Guitarist in theater production of the award-winning musical Rent
  • Former students include Eric Krasno (Soulive) and John Mayer
  • Instructional video, Accelerate Your Guitar Playing, released by Rittor Music, Japan; released in the U.S. by Hal Leonard/Berklee Press
  • Contributor to Japanese magazine Jazz Life, as well as Jazz Guitar and Guitar
  • Tours and presents clinics annually in Japan
  • Private lessons with Joe Pass
David Tronzo
Berklee College of Music, Professor, Guitar
Career Highlights
  • Pioneer of extended techniques for bottleneck slide guitar
  • Recordings with David Sanborn, John Cale, the Lounge Lizards, Reeves Gabrels, Jerry Granelli, Sex Mob, Mike Manieri, Wayne Horvitz, Stephen Vitiello, and others
  • Performances with John Hiatt, Ray Anderson, the Lounge Lizards, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Reeves Gabrels, Sex Mob, Elliot Sharpe, Foday Suso, Hassan Hakmoun, Warren Haynes, and others
  • Solo projects include the Tronzo Trio, Spanish Fly, V-16 (with Jerry Granelli), and Slow Poke (with Michael Blake)
  • Recordings on New Albion, Knitting Factory Works, Accurate, Rounder, Traditione & Moderne, and Intuition Records
  • Headline appearances at various jazz festivals including North Sea, Pori, Berlin, Vienna, Montreal, Warsaw, Vancouver, and JVC New York
  • Featured in Guitar PlayerGuitar WorldMusicianJazzthetikNew York Press, and Jazziz magazines 
  • International residencies as visiting artist and guest clinician
  • Voted one of the top ten jazz guitarists by Musician magazine in 1994 and one of the top 100 guitarists of the 20th century in its 1993 Press Poll
  • Voted one of the "Dirty Thirty Pioneers and Trailblazers" by Guitar Player magazine in 1997; second in its 1995 poll for best experimental guitarist
Jane Miller
Berklee College of Music, Professor, Guitar

Guitarist Jane Miller is also a composer, arranger, and author with roots in both the jazz and contemporary acoustic guitar worlds. Her first book, Introduction to Jazz Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, 2015), is for guitarists of all styles. Her follow-up book, Triads for the Improvising Guitarist (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard), was released in 2019. She is a contributing editor to Acoustic Guitar magazine and a former monthly columnist for Premier Guitar magazine. The Jane Miller Group has released four CDs, most recently Boats in 2018. Her solo guitar recording, called Three Sides to a Story, was released in June of 2013.

Miller has performed and conducted master classes and clinics around the world. In addition to leading her own jazz instrumental quartet and performing as a solo jazz guitarist, she has worked in a chamber jazz trio with saxophonist Cercie Miller and bassist David Clark, for which she contributes many compositions. She has recorded over 70 video lessons for Jamplay.com, providing lessons in jazz guitar. She is a featured guitarist in noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s 2013 book, The Great Jazz Guitarists: A Complete Guide.

Kim Perlak
Berklee College of Music, Chair of Guitar
Career Highlights:
  • Dissertation: "Finding a Voice in the American Classical Guitar Vernacular"
  • Editor-in-chief of Soundboard Magazine: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America
  • Founder of Ben & I Play for Peace: Concerts and Classes to Benefit American Veterans, honored by the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Recordings: Common Ground: New American Music for Solo Guitar and Yong, Kim, & Cathy at Yale: American Music for Flute, Guitar, and Cello

They are Grammy nominees, festival headliners, published authors, producers, composers, educators with global audiences, and have credits ranging from the Backstreet Boys to Susan Tedeschi. Berklee professors are living proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. They’ll explore a variety of teaching opportunities available for artists, and the skills you need to make working in education a lucrative and rewarding aspect of your career.

Moderated by: Kim Perlak, Chair of Guitar