The Mountain View Studio comes complete with its own killer in-house session players and engineers. Take a look below:


JAKE REED is a professional drummer based in Los Angeles, who is quickly gaining a reputation for his ability to fit into a variety of musical situations. He has performed and/or recorded with Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel, Bill Cunliffe, Bruce Forman, Cow Bop, Seth MacFarlane, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, Les McCann, Freda Payne, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Mako, Tata Vega, Ellis Hall, Kait Dunton, Trumpetology, the Vibrometers, and Kiven.  

“Jake is my first choice for all playing and teaching recommendations.” — Peter Erskine

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KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Kait has produced and released three albums of original compositions, with a fourth featuring her equally out-of-the-box arranging style. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles.

Classically trained, Kait now works primarily in jazz and contemporary genres, maintaining a balanced career of performance, composition and education. Her enthusiasm and love for music radiates as much on the stage as in the classroom. A Pasadena native and an alum of Polytechnic School, Kait holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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COOPER APPELT is an incredibly versatile and in-demand session and live player. Equally skilled on upright as on electric, and in many different genres of music. Cooper has been playing with Jake & Kait since 2005.

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WIL ANSPACH is a killer engineer and a pro-tools wizard. He worked at East West Studio for many years and now is a freelance tracking and mixing engineer. Most recently, he engineered Vic Mensa's 2017 album The AutobiographyClick here for more information.