Archive for December 4th, 2010

Todd Ashley – Funky Nylon

From solo guitarist and composer to bandleader, Todd Ashley delivers some of the finest contemporary nylon-string jazz, smooth jazz and R&B tailored specifically for your event.

Over the last decade, Todd has performed throughout the country for corporate clients such as Coca Cola, Samsung, Pioneer, Ford Motor Company, Sysco Foods, AT&T and Toyota, to name a few, in venues ranging from outdoor arenas to conference centers and private homes. In the process, he has opened for artists such as The Temptations, Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, George Benson, The Rippingtons, and Chris Botti and others.

After graduating from high school, he spent a few years playing and touring with several SoCal rock and funk bands before heading to Musician’s Institute where he studied jazz guitar with the likes of Joe Diorio, Jeff Richman and Joe Elliott and earned a degree from Guitar Institute of Technology. It was there Todd began to develop his unique “ruff jazz nylon-string style” reminiscent of his influences Steve Oliver, Ken Navarro and Earl Klugh. He currently studies with jazz guitar heavy Jimmy Bruno.

Todd’s latest CD, Funky Nylon, a rich, sonic smorgasbord of original contemporary jazz and smooth jazz, along with a unique arrangement of Black Orpheus was released in October, 2010 and features Todd on both guitar and mandolin, along with some of the top artists in Southern California including Will Donato, Baba Elefante, Rod Kokolj, Steve Madaio, and Jeff Stover. In addition, Todd plays keyboard, bass, guitar and sequences the drums on a handful of tracks. His first original CD, Sedona,—Todd describes it as “smooth jazz with an edge”—was released in 2003 and has been featured on the Weather Channel.

Funky Nylon is now on sale at CDBaby.