Music hours: 6:30 to 10:30
Guitarist Thom Rotella has performed/recorded with: Rick Braun, Keiko Matsui, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, David Foster, Kirk Whalum, Tom Scott, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright and Gregg Karukas, Donna Summer, Cher, The Beach Boys, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra.
As a composer, Thom has written music for the shows "Extra," "Sex and the City," "Santa Barbara" and "China Beach.” He has created TV commercial jingles for Ford, Cadillac, Goodyear, Chevrolet and Northwest Airlines. In addition, Rotella has also performed on "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "American Dad," "The Tonight Show" and "The Tracey Ullman Show," and on numerous movie soundtracks, including; "Same Time, Next Year," "The Gods Must Be Crazy," "Rumblefish" and "Mississippi Masala."
Rotella quickly established himself as a top call studio musician. He became connected with the pioneer digital recording company DMP (Digital Music Products) and recorded three sessions, all of which were among the most frequently played on the radio and commercially successful. No matter how formatted these recordings ever seemed (it was called "smooth jazz"), Rotella's music and his heart always found - and continue to find - imaginative approaches to improvising.
As a complement to his recordings, the guitarist has always enjoyed playing live. “There is nothing more fun than playing live," Rotella says, "because I'm able to get an instantaneous response to what we're doing as a band and to see how that moves people emotionally. The interplay between these musicians is incredible, and always leads to surprises.”