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Randy Villars

Randy villars - pianist, saxophonist, composer/producer at 20 years of age, randy was blessed with the opportunity of playing piano for legendary be-bop saxophonist sonny stitt, along with future bass legend dave carpenter and drummer steve barnes at gilly's jazz club in dayton ohio. Thus began a string of such appearances with jazz giants eddie harris, james moody, john scofield, steve turre, fred hersch, clark terry, tim hagans, conrad herwig, bernard purdy, othello molineaux, mark murphy, norris turney, mike davis, and others.

While a student and graduate teaching associate at the ohio state university, randy played and/or studied with maynard ferguson, ramsey lewis, dave samuels, andrew white, hank marr, john fedchock, jim rupp, and dick shearer.

Other brushes with great players: Bob berg, sonny rollins, bill mays, hal galper, gordie brisker, dave douglas, judy silvano, andreas weidenmueller, mark feldman, cal collins and others.

Randy worked as a session musician and found himself in demand as a pianist, synth player, saxophonist, composer/arranger and commercial music producer. In addition, he picked up some credits playing on album projects for cbs records, polygram and others.

While working in cincinnati, chicago and nashville, randy composed and/or produced original music for clients such as mcdonald's, gulf and western, kodak, and many others. He composed original scores for time-life films, broadcast on the a & e television network.

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Founder of The Dayton Jazz Institute - a private lesson studio specializing in teaching the art of jazz improvisation. Students of all ages accepted. Lessons in jazz harmony and theory as applied to all instruments. Rate: $50/hour. Lessons also available over the telephone. Call 513-680-8455 to arrange scheduling.

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Registered Conn-Selmer Artist. Endorser for Jody Jazz Woodwind Mouthpieces. Available for clinics at the secondary education and college level

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