The Jon Finn Group is a bunch of guys from Boston who could kick your ass if they wanted to (musically, not physically… they all have terrible posture and smell of patchouli). The band consists of:
- Jon Finn, guitar/shenanigans
- Ross Ramsey, keyboards
- Larry Finn (no relation), drums
- Joe Santerre, 4-string bass + 2 other strings
John, Joe, Ross, and Larry all teach at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
A guitarist since age six, Jon Finn has been a professional musician for most of his life. Joining the guitar faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1988, he started the Jon Finn Group later that same year. To date, they have released three CDs internationally:
For over three years, Jon wrote a monthly instructional feature for a national magazine called Guitar. Jon has also authored several books for Mel Bay Publications:
- Advanced Modern Rock Guitar Improvisation
- One Guitar, Many Styles
- Blues/Rock Improvisation
- Guitar Riffs in the Style of the 60s and 70s
- with others in the works…
In his freelance pursuits, he’s played guitar for the national touring companies of many contemporary musical theater productions such as Rent, Aida, Mamma Mia, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Copacabana, and many others. Today Jon frequently performs and records with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has been involved in a plethora of concerts and recording sessions, including 6 CDs (two of which were Grammy nominated), 8 US concert tours, and one tour in Asia.
Joe plays a six-string bass. His nickname in the band is “The Bass God.” To compensate for the lack of rhythm guitar, he’s forged a new bass technique where he employs both hands on the fingerboard–each hand playing a different part. Joe has taught at Berklee College of Music since 1985. He is also very well known and respected for his abilities. Besides the Jon Finn Group, Joe is one of the most in-demand bassists in the Boston area, doing both sessions and freelance live work. When Joe released his first solo CD, Straight Shooter, it was very well received by lovers of bass music. Joe has written several articles for Bass Player Magazine and Bass Frontiers. Joe has recently released a second solo CD on Audio Image called The Scenic Route. You can find out more about Joeat his website.
Ross Ramsay is a born musician. He is one of those players that makes the most difficult and elusive music seem effortless. He can span the range from Rachmaninoff to Ellington to Keith Emerson with equal authority and passion. Ross also plays guitar, drums, and bass very well. Since joining the Jon Finn Group, he has added a touch of class and range of texture the band did not previously have. When Ben Orr of The Cars did his comeback tour, he called Ross to handle the keyboard chores. Today Ross ia a technical consultant for Yamaha keyboards and serves as musical producer for many local rock acts. In the fall of 2001, Berklee hired Ross to join the piano faculty.
Though he has no relation to Jon, the musical rapport he and Jon create together is a reflection of Larry’s unique, empathetic, and enthusiastic drumming style. Larry is one of the most popular drum instructors on the Berklee College of Music faculty and a very well-known freelance drummer with credits ranging from The Courage Brothersand Tiger Okoshi to Rent. Recently, Larry released an instructional drumming video called Accelerate Your Drumming for Rittor Music that has brought his personal drumming style acclaim all over the world.