Michael Landau is easily one of the most widely respected guitarists in the world. An intense player with a fiery blues-meets-jazz style, his highly charged playing and mastery of killer guitar tones has made him a legend in the guitar community for years. As a first-call session musician and sideman, Landau has appeared on thousands of recordings, and shared the stage with Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Seal, and countless others. That alone would make for a fine career, but Landau is also a solo artist with several critically acclaimed albums under his belt including The Michael Landau Group - Live(2006), The Star Spangled Banner (2001), and the instrumental guitar classic Tales From the Bulge(1990). Landau has also led several great bands over the years including Burning Water and the Raging Honkies, and has joined forces with other west coast jazz luminaries in bands such as Karizma and Jazz Ministry. Landau is a stunning, highly dynamic live performer who can often be heard at the legendary North Hollywood jazz club The Baked Potato. In fact, Landau recently took part in the club's two-day 40th anniversary jazz festival, performing with both his solo band, and with Jazz Ministry. He also sat in with Larry Carlton for a surprise jam that was a real treat for everyone in attendance. As someone who was there, I can tell you first-hand that Landau was fantastic both days, and came away as the de facto MVP of the festival.