Josh Sklair - Making It Beyond School as a Working Guitarist
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In 1978 Josh Sklair attended Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) and in 1979 graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology (Musicians Institute) Hollywood, California..
As an active guitar player in the Los Angeles Josh worked with composers and producers including Phil Ramone, Diane Warren, Lamont Dozier, John Snyder, Desmond Child, Randy Jackson, Albert Hammond & Barry Beckett.
In 1979 Josh was hired as guitar player/Conductor by singer Jon Lucien, for his performance at Carnegie Hall and two nights at the Roxy Theater, Los Angeles that featured both Jon Lucien and Herbie Hancock with an all- star band.
Josh toured the US in the early 80’s with Philadephia International
recording artists the Jones Girls.
Throughout the 80’s Josh also worked as the “house guitar player” for the Dick Clark Good Old Rock’n’Roll Show, backing legends like Chuck Berry, Bo Didley, Del Shannon, Little Anthony, the Shirelles, the Coasters, the Drifters, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, Freddy Cannon and many more of the original pioneers of Rock’n’Roll and R&B.
In 1985 Josh Sklair became guitarist and subsequently Musical Director for the legendary Etta James, co-producing over a dozen albums, including the Grammy-award-winning “Let’s Roll”, (Best Contemporary Blues Album, 2003) and “Blues to the Bone”( Best Traditional Blues Album 2004).Also playing guitar and handling pre-production on 4 Jazz album collaborations with the great Cedar Walton, including the Grammy Award-winning “Mystery Lady - a tribute to Billie Holliday”.
Josh continues to tour and record with artists including Paul Anka, Sophie
B. Hawkins, the Blues Brothers, Jeffrey Osborne and Stevie Wonder.
Through the 90’s, Josh also worked extensively on Movie & TV soundtracks including Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Models Inc., Pacific Palisades (the “Spelling” shows), also featured on the originalWalker Texas Ranger theme and has co-written for movies & television working with composers David McHugh, Steve Tyrell, Tim Truman and PJ Hanke.