First Fridays with Kai Zen @ One World West 11-1-2019
Kaizen (改善) is the Japanese word for “improvement”. In business, kaizen refers to activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers… In the Music World, with these Top-Tier Musicians, it hard to believe there is little to any room for improvement and yet they strive for excellence and more growth with every performance. If not for themselves, then for the listeners.
Mike Barnes (Guitar)
Asheville Guitar founder was inspired to play the guitar when he was 11 years old, studying classical guitar with the late great Jerry Young. At 14, he formed a band called “Blue Sky” with childhood friend Warren Haynes and spent many rehearsals working on the art of improvisation.
Mike signed recording contracts with Geffen Records, PolyGram Records and a publishing deal with cherry lane music.
During the late 80’s, he was featured on an MTV & VH1 music video. He has worked on countless sessions in Memphis, Nashville and L.A.
Studying & sharing the stage with some of the worlds greatest, most influential, guitarists and musicians such as Jimmy Page, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Joe Walsh, Joan Jett, the allman brothers Band, Robben Ford, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Ben Harper, John Paul Jones, Branford Marsalis, Neal Larson, Jerry Jemmott, Michael Franti, The Black Crows, Moe., The String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Bill Evans, Steve Miller and Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame just to name a few. The one most dearest to his heart is being a part if the Warren Haynes annual Christmas Jam sense its inception in 1988.
*Mark McDaniel (Bass)
Witnesses relocation program.
*Jeff Sipe (Drums)
(Col.Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Phill Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Leftover Salmon, Jimmy Herring, Jazz is Dead, The Jeff Sipe Trio, Danny Barnes Space Program, The State Birds, Electric Buddha, B-Town Live radio show, Kaizen)