Guitarists and Bassists
Nathan East has been a Yamaha artist for more than three decades and remains one of the world's most sought-after musicians. As a bassist, producer & songwriter, Nathan has collaborated with numerous top artists from Barry White and Kenny Loggins to Eric Clapton and Anita Baker.
Started playing the guitar when he was twelve years old, and his interest for music is not accidental because he comes from a well-known musical family. With persistent practice he manages to master techniques of world famous guitarists, and starts to develop his own style.
Born in Buffalo, New York, 1953. A world-class bassist, Billy Sheehan has played with name bands like Talas, David Lee Roth Band, Mr. Big, and Niacin.
Guitarist, Composer and Recording Artist. - “As soon as I started to play Yamaha 10 years ago, we created a bond based on great sound and trust”
Starting at the age of 16, Lee played his first session with The Mama's and the Papa's. Two years later he was backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Known as "Captain Fingers," Ritenour became a sought-after session player in the mid-70's. Starting in 1976, at the age of 24, he began his own solo career which now includes over 30 albums and collaborations. Although heavily influenced in his early days by the relaxed styles of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel, he now has his own distinctive sound and fluid style. His list of session work is awesome (some 3,000 sessions), but some of his notable performances were with Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Pink Floyd. Since the mid-80's Ritenour has been strongly influenced by Brazilian music.