Doug Rappoport is a British born, American-raised guitar player. His style is deeply-rooted in the blues while utilizing a more modern hard rock tone and approach. His guitar playing skill sets and knowledge base are being compared to legends from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Eric Johnson and Eddie Van Halen.
Doug's rapidly growing popularity is attributed to a blend of modern guitar techniques combined with classic phrasing and melodic sensibilities harkening back to the masters, all rolled into a unique style that is unmistakably his own. Touring extensively with Edgar Winter for 11 years as well as guitar legend Rick Derringer plus sharing stage and studio with a who’s who of renowned artists, he has honed aggressive chops, confident stage presence and overall pro savvy through substantial road experience. "I've been lucky enough to tour all over the world, and I'm often asked what my favorite venue is; thus far it's The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. As a huge classic rock fan, the significance of playing on that stage was not lost on me!"
An in-demand session guitarist, Doug’s work is featured in many national television and and radio commercials. Notable spots have been for clients such as: Ford, Metro PCS (exclusively featuring Doug’s guitar playing), and ORCAN. Plus, he’s been a stand out guitarist on American Idol, and his playing can be heard in numerous films and film trailers. Many recording sessions are produced in his home studio, especially for guest appearances on albums and cues for TV spots such as NCIS Miami.
Doug’s recording career also includes solo endeavors. His first solo album release Bionic, features a hard-rocking rendition of the Edgar Winter classic, Dying To Live--and a blistering version of the Jimi Hendrix classic Voodoo Chile (SR). The album likewise showcases several originals complete with instrumentals and vocal arrangements. All instruments, engineering, producing, mixing and mastering were completed by Doug in his home studio (except for drums, provided by the incredible Chris Frazier, and the inimitable Jimmy Paxson on Voodoo Rapps).
Additionally, Doug is a former faculty member of Hollywood’s world famous musician’s institute - Guitar Institute of Technology (MI/GIT). He now provides private lessons, including Skype sessions for students outside the Los Angeles area.
Doug currently lives in L.A. and performs with his band, The Doug Rappoport Band.
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