Brian Tarquin

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Brian Tarquin
Tarquin-Live Jax Jazz Fest.jpg
Tarquin Live at the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Background information
Birth nameBrian Tarquin
Born (1965-12-02) December 2, 1965 (age 53)
New York City, New York
Occupation(s)Guitarist, music composer, producer, smooth jazz artist, author
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, bass
Years active1989–present
LabelsJazz inspiration/MCA Records, Instinct, Pyramid, Hypnotic, Cleopatra Records, Nu Groove, BHP Music
Associated actsBand of Brothers, Asphalt Jungle, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Jeff Beck, Gary Hoey, Tina Guo, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones (musician), Joe Satriani, Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Hal Lindes, Steve Vai, Chris Poland, Chuck Loeb

Brian Tarquin (born December 2, 1965, New York) is an American jazz musician, composer, guitarist, author and music producer.[1][2][3][4] Tarquin is best known as a Smooth Jazz artist[5] and a three time Emmy award winning composer[6]. He received “Best Album Of The Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for his releases 'Guitars For Wounded Warriors' & 'Orlando In Heaven' featuring Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Hal Lindes, Gary Hoey and Chuck Loeb.

Tarquin owns a recording studio called Jungle Room Studios near New York[7] and the record label BHP Music/Guitar Trax which specializes in guitar music.[4]

Music career[edit]


Tarquin obtained his musical training from Mannes School of Music (New York), The State University of New York (New Paltz) and Center for the Media Arts (New York).[3]. During this time he also took private guitar lessons from Steven Antonelli, a Berklee College of Music graduate. He continued his musical training at Mannes School of Music (New York), The State University of New York (New Paltz) and Center for the Media Arts (New York).[3]

Early years[edit]

After college Tarquin worked as an assistant engineer for New York's Electric Lady Studios and then at the recording studio Far & Away owned by Geoff Gray. He also worked at the prestigious jingle house Look & Company as a sound engineer and sales rep. In 1992 he moved to Los Angeles, where he engineered many sessions at Powerhouse Studios. He also worked in college radio promotions at Restless Records and worked in the business department at Virgin Records in Beverly Hills. During this time he was performing his fusion guitar instrumental music in such Hollywood clubs as the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood) and The Baked Potato. In 1995 Tarquin landed a record deal with the MCA-distributed Jazz Inspiration label, and the following year he released his debut album, a smooth jazz effort titled Ghost Dance.[3] In the 1990's he was signed to Instinct records releasing three successful albums, 'Last Kiss Goodbye', 'Soft Touch' and 'High Life'. In the 2000s Tarquin formed a band called 'Asphalt Jungle' and in 2002 released an album called 'Electro Ave'.[8][3] followed by 4 more albums 'Enjoy This Trip', 'Jungilzation', 'Bob Marley Remixed' and 'Crazy Train'.

Further career[edit]

In 2006 Tarquin launched his own record label called BHP Music/Guitar Trax and released personal projects and a series of Guitar Masters compilations. In 2012 he opened a company called TV Film Trax, which he sold later to a private investor.[9]

Tarquin produced the 'Guitar Masters Series' from his studio the Jungle Room Studios and it featured guitarists Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Steve Morse,[10] Gary Hoey, Santana, Billy Sheehan, BB King Frank Gambale, Leslie West, Chris Poland, Hal Lindes, Joe Satriani and others.[11][4]

Tarquin has sold 150,000 albums and his works include the theme music for MTV's Road Rules, All My Children, The Watcher, among others TV shows.[7] Tarquin has also given music for (some) episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, TMZ on TV, America's Next Top Model, ABC's- Making The Band, Extra, Alias.[12][13]

Books and magazine column[edit]

Brian Tarquin in Jungle Room Studios


  • Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters'[14][15]
  • The Insider's Guide to Music Licensing'[16]
  • The Insider's Guide to Home Recording'[17]
  • Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia[18][19][20]
  • Guitar Encyclopedia[21]
  • Stomp on This! The Guitar Pedal Effects Guidebook[22][23]
  • Survival Guide For Music Composers'[24]

Magazine column[edit]

In 2018 Tarquin wrote a series of recording studio articles for Guitar Player magazine. In 2010 Brian wrote a steady guitar column for Recording magazine and from 2006 to 2009 Tarquin wrote a regular column called "Guitar Studio" for Premier Guitar magazine. The column focused on studio techniques for musicians and recording engineers. Tarquin also conducted interviews of musicians for the magazine. \[3][25][26]


List of studio albums[27]
Ghost Dance 1996
Best Of Acid Jazz Vol. 2 1997 (Compilation)
Last Kiss Goodbye 1997
Soft Touch 1999
High Life 2001
Electro Ave. 2002 (With Asphalt Jungle)
Sanctuary 2002
Enjoy This Trip 2005 (With Asphalt Jungle)
Junglization 2006 (With Asphalt Jungle)
Bob Marley Remixed 2007 (With Asphalt Jungle)
Fretworx 2008
Brian Tarquin Collection 2009
Brian Tarquin Collection II 2010
Guitars for Wounded Warriors 2014[12]
Smooth Jazz Cafe 2014
Exiled in Paradise 2015
Orlando in Heaven 2017[3]
Band of Brothers 2017
Guitars For Veterans 2018
Rewind 2018
Crazy Train 2018 (With Asphalt Jungle)
Guitar Masters Collection 2018 (Compilation)
Smooth Jazz Cafe 2019

'Orlando In Heaven' was dedicated to the Pulse Nightclub victims. Partial sales proceeds are directed to the Catholic Charities of Central Florida who provide case management and support services for victims and family members.

Half the financial proceeds of 'Guitars for the Wounder Warriors' are directed to the charity organization Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House Foundation is known for providing homes where military and veterans’ families can stay when a family member is undergoing medical treatment.[28][29]

Awards, nominations and charts[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series[30][better source needed]
  • Six Emmy Award Nominations[31][better source needed]
  • Two Independent Music Nominations- Best Album Of The Year for Guitars For Wounded Warriors & Orlando In Heaven.[32]
  • SESAC- The Network Television Performance Award- 2006[32]
  • USA Best Book Awards in the Performing Arts category- for Guitar Encyclopedia (Allworth Press), winner, 2014.[21]


Chart Ranking
Radio & Records NAC/Smooth Jazz March 6, 1998 Single-'One Arabian Knight' (#4)[33]
Gavin Smooth Jazz & Vocals November 26, 1999 Single-'Darlin Darlin Baby' (#9)[34]
Radio & Records NAC/Smooth Jazz 1998 Year- End Chart (#23)[35]
Radio & Records NAC/Smooth Jazz 1999 Year- End Chart (#40)[36]
Relix Jam Band Charts- 'Orlando In Heaven' (#6)[32]
Metal Contraband Charts- 'Band Of Brothers' (#21)[32]
Billboard Charts- This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2 [37]


  1. ^ "Tracking Guitar Masters, Vol. 1". 2007-06-01. Archived from the original on 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ "Steve Morse, Andy Timmons, Frank Gambale & more appear on new CD". guitarworld. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Brian Tarquin | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  4. ^ a b c "Brian Tarquin Interview - "I thought this was a great thing to get all of us together and record some great music."". Musicguy247. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  5. ^ "Brian Tarquin Songs & Albums". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  6. ^ "Brian Tarquin Discography". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  7. ^ a b "Brian Tarquin Pro/File: Tunes From the Jungle Room". EMusician. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  8. ^ "Electro Ave. - Asphalt Jungle | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  9. ^ "Brian Tarquin Sells TV Film Trax Catalog". Mixonline. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  10. ^ "Steve Morse | Guitarist for Deep Purple, Flying Colors, Dixie Dregs - News". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  11. ^ "Conversation with Brian Tarquin About The Guitar Masters Series - Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  12. ^ a b "Anne Carlini - Exclusive Magazine - CD Reviews". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  13. ^ "Brian Tarquin - Brian Tarquin Collection". Smooth Jazz Therapy. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  14. ^ "Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters | Brian (Brian Tarquin) Ta…". 2013-06-28. Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  15. ^ results, search (2012-01-01). Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters (1st ed.). Australia; United Kingdom: Cengage Learning PTR. ISBN 9781435460164.
  16. ^ Tarquin, Brian (2014-03-04). The Insider's Guide to Music Licensing. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781621534075.
  17. ^ Tarquin, Brian (2015-02-19). The Insider's Guide to Home Recording. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781621534457.
  18. ^ "Legendary Tones - Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia by Brian Tarquin". Legendary Tones. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  19. ^ Tarquin, Brian (November 2016). Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia. Allworth Press. ISBN 9781621534990.
  20. ^ Tarquin, Brian; Molenda, Michael (2016-11-01). Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia. Allworth Press. ISBN 9781621534990.
  21. ^ a b "New 'Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia' Explores Amplification's Greatest Moments". guitarworld. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  22. ^ " Brian Tarquin: Books". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  23. ^ ThriftBooks. "Brian Tarquin Books | List of books by author Brian Tarquin". ThriftBooks. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  24. ^ Tarquin, Brian (2015-02-19). The Insider's Guide to Home Recording. Hal Leonard Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781495047466. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  25. ^ "Neal Schon Has His I on U". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  26. ^ "Mercury Magnetics - Premier Magazine article". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  27. ^ "Brian Tarquin - Collection". (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  28. ^ "Award Winning Guitarist Brian Tarquin's "Band of Brothers" Album to Benefit Veterans". Cleopatra Records. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  29. ^ "Brian Tarquin: 'Guitars For Wounded Warriors'". sE Electronics. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  30. ^ "Emmy Award Winning Composer". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  31. ^ "Emmy Award Winning Composer".
  32. ^ a b c d "Your digital music distributor in China Brian Tarquin - Artists". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  33. ^ "Single One Arabian Knight". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  34. ^ "Single Darlin Darlin Baby". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  35. ^ "Radio & Records NAC/Smooth Jazz 1998 Year-End Chart". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  36. ^ "Radio & Records NAC/Smooth Jazz 1999 Year-End Chart". Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  37. ^ FM, Player, Pat Traver's Interview, retrieved 2018-08-20

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