With fiery technical brilliance and breathtaking musical interpretation, Neil Zaza has defined himself as the instrumental guitarist with an unparalleled ability to combine solid, catchy songwriting with a keen melodic sense and technical fury. From his virtuoso rock solos, to laying a funk groove, to demonstrating his classical prowess by performing Bach and Mozart compositions, Zaza’s extreme versatility has been showcased worldwide in concerts, clinics, festivals, as well as on his own solo instrumental albums.
It all began in Northfield Center, Ohio, where Neil Zaza was born, and still resides. Zaza started playing guitar at the age of 10 and went on to study classical guitar at The University of Akron under renowned educator and performer Stephen Aron. Zaza began to teach guitar, and in 1987, he formed the rock band Zaza, which quickly became one of the hottest U.S. touring bands at that time. After a successful run and even a hit song “Maybe Tomorrow,” the band disbanded and a brilliant solo career began.
In 1992, Zaza released his first solo album, Two Hands, One Heart. Critics hailed the album and guitar players instantly had a new hero. Zaza has shared the bill with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Steve & Mike Porcaro (Toto), Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, and Andy Summers. He has performed on albums by Dweezil Zappa, Eric Carmen, Michael Stanley and also supplied guitar tracks for a Stewart Copeland-produced movie soundtrack.
Neil Zaza is known for his heroic and spectacular entrances, often suddenly appearing from behind projector screens to provide his signature brand of neo-classical guitar virtuosity. While Views of his song “I’m Alright” have passed the million view mark on YouTube! This special performance of Neil’s international hit was recorded in Seoul, Korea with TM Stevens (bass) and Gary “G-Man” Sullivan documenting an appearance on Korea’s popular music show “Love Letters.”