Latin, Music of Latin America, Guitarist, Spanish, Ethnic, classical, flamenco, Latin, Brazilian, folk, Baroque, Renaissance, and finger style
I'm a professional solo guitarist specializing in solo guitar styles from Latin America and Europe, including authentic Spanish flamenco.
I have extensive experience playing for TV, radio, concerts, weddings, parties, hotels, restaurants, quinceañeras, proposals, and a variety of events.
In March 2012 my guitar reached millions of people via Univision and Fox on the Latin show "Q'Viva: The Chosen", starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, with 11 of my pieces used in profiles of talent show contestants from different Latin American countries.
In December 2011 my album Christmas Guitar was the top download to radio stations in the world for three days from Airplay Direct, the top source for radio music globally.
My music has also been aired on NBC, MTV, the Independent Film Channel, Oxygen, Bravo, VH-1, Logo, TVLand, Spike, Planet Green, and Mexico's Si channel, KPFK-FM Los Angeles, Radio Belgrano and Radio Mendoza in Argentina, and is available for licensing from music libraries in London, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles.
Here are some reviews of my performances:
Holiday Party in Pasadena, CA on 12/02/2012
Jeff was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. He showed up on time, dressed appropriately, and showcased his talents by playing beautifully during the cocktail hour. He is a professional artist and his price is very reasonable. I would recommend Jeff to anyone looking for live entertainment for their events.
- YT F.
Jeff was a true gentleman in everyway possible. After talking to a few other musicians, it was apparent that Jeff's work was part of his heart and that he took his job very seriously. Communication was great from day one and he made the proccess very easy. There should be ratings higher than 5 for him. thanks Jeff, it was a treat to listen to you and meet you. Y -- Yuri R, Montecito, CA, 10/10/2009
Thank you Jeff! This was a surprise for my wife and she loved it. Jeff's guitar skills are excellent. He was easy to talk to, friendly with my guests, and overall a great person to work with. His music created a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for some Flamenco guitar. He was professional, timely, and very reasonably priced. All in all a great experience. -- Jason S, Long Beach, CA,
Jeff was fantastic, talented, professional, and easy to work with. I contacted hime to perform at my Mom's 60th birthday party. He arrived early, set up quickly, and began to play. Everyone enjoyed the party tremendously with much of the credit going to the music he provided. Thanks Jeff! -- Eric A, Hacienda Heights, CA, 8/15/2009
Jeffrey Briggs is a classical and flamenco guitarist, and also plays Latin American music on the guitar, the Venezuelan cuatro, and the Andean charango. He has studied with Spanish flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, Nubian oud player Hamza el Din, and Argentinian charango virtuoso Jaime Torres.
He played guitar in the critically acclaimed musical Twist of Fate at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles, winner of 5 awards from the LA Drama Critics Circle and the LA Weekly, including Best Musical of 1995, and composed and performed music for The Bullfight, a play by Venezuelan writer Rodolfo Santana at the Stages Theatre Center in Hollywood in 2000.
He has recorded with the Twist of Fate band, Josh Cruze (Banditos de Amor), John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Iranian tar player Kamil Alipour, Persian pop singers Shayyad and Parviz Basmipour, and Israeli musician/composer Smadar Galor; and has played at the Hollywood and Highland Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Cinegrill, Viva Madrid, Holly Street Bar & Grill, Angelique Cafe, Pacific Asia Museum, John O'Groats, Twin Palms, and Luna Negra in the Los Angeles area, as well as Lahoz Restaurant in Huntington Beach and Café Sevilla in San Diego.He has performed at Cornell, Ohio State, Denison, California Lutheran, and Capital universities, as well as UCLA, Cal State LA, Cal State Irvine, Occidental College, the Claremont Colleges, and Cypress College, the Mulholland and Beverly Hills Tennis Clubs, and the Miramonte and other wineries in Temecula.
Briggs is also an independent video producer, writer, photographer, and graphic artist. Born in Ithaca, N.Y., he has a BA in anthropology from Cornell University, an MA in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in film from Ohio University; and has taught photography at Cornell University, film production at Denison University, and television production at Capital University. He was a videographer and photographer for the public library of Columbus and Franklin County from 1980 to 1988, as well as photography critic for the Columbus Dispatch for 7 years. He has taught guitar for the City of Claremont and now gives private lessons.
El Charanguero, his video documentary about Argentinian musician Jaime Torres, has aired on PBS stations throughout the United States, and is being distributed internationally. Before coming to Los Angeles in 1995 Briggs was leader of the Latin American band Sangría, which performed throughout the Midwest. He has also accompanied a number of flamenco dancers and dance classes.