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Jon Pileggi: Bio

BIO Raised in Southern California, Jon's musical influence developed from listening to The Beatles and then the band Cream. He fell in love with the guitar and knew then he wanted to become a professional guitarist after absorbing all the Eric Clapton riffs he could learn. Jon tore through Led Zeppelin records and took on the influence of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Mike Bloomfield and other guitar players such as Steve Howe from the band Yes. Jon spent his teen years absorbed in music and playing at school dances at several high schools in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. Jon did his first tour right after high school. His love of music continued to spread into other genres which lent their influences to what has developed into his own signature guitar sound. After he returned from that first tour, Jon studied with the great fingerstyle jazz guitarist Ted Greene, broadening his skills as a guitarist and acquiring a flare for Jazz music. He was hired to teach at C and D Music in Van Nuys, CA and he became part of the Bill Yeager's jazz workshop there. That year, Jon met Ken Weiss through his friend, and bass player, Reed Walsh. Ken, who managed Stephen Stills, auditioned Jon for one of his bands, "Lorikeet", and he landed the lead guitar role. Jon played on many sessions for the next ten years, and multiple gigs, and recordings with players from Crosby Stills and Nash, Firefall, Juice Newton, Linda Ronstadt, and many others. Shortly after, Jon hooked up with Dave Manasian at the Captain and Tennilles studio, Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park Ca. and was credited on several songs on his album "Tales Of Heroes And Lovers". Jon moved his family to Colorado, where, over the next six years, he played in two different bands, "Dragonfly" and "Cave Canem". "Dragonfly" toured Colorado, and parts of the midwest, opening for "Little River Band". Jon formed the band "Cave Canem" and acquired management in Denver, and released a 3 song EP, which received airplay on local stations and led to radio interviews. Hard working, but short-lived, Cave Canem disbanded due to management conflicts, and Jon moved his family back to California, where he began working on his next projects. Jon has played for his friend Kelly Keagy, the drummer for "Night Ranger", on one of his songs, and Kelly is featured playing drums on some of Jon's songs on Jon's "Back On Track" album. Currently, Jon has been in the studio composing for film scores and writing for "The Late Bloomer Show" for actress Kaye Kittrell. Jon composed two segments for the film "CUT" coming out in  2014. Jon is currently composing music for the film documentary "Down With Clowns" directed by Nick Schlyer, and still writing music for "The Late Bloomer Show"