Mike has 40+ years playing experience including performances with nationally recognized artists: Holly Hoffmann/Mike Wofford 2016, 2015, 2012, Halie Loren 2011, Mimi Fox ‘03, Herb Harris ’02, John Gross 01, Mike Smith 2000, Ritchie Cole ‘97, Andrei Kitaev ‘96 and Meredith d’ Ambrosia ’86, and various northwest groups including: The Larry Ward Band, Barbara Healy Band, Paul Biondi, Dave O’Toole Quartet, John Workman Quartet, Bill Beach, Barbara Dzuro Quartet and Duo, Bill Sabol Quartet, Dave Krenz Quartet, Michelle & Dave Van Handle, Charles Dowd Trio, Jay Hatch, Bob Regan, Rod Furlott, Don Latarski, Olem Alves, Jim Douglas, Gus Russell, Mike Denny, Tim Clarke and many others.
"The best Portland guitarist you've never heard." That's what Portland jazz guitar luminary Dan Balmer calls Rod Furlott...and when you hear Rod play, you'll know why Dan said it. Over time, Rod has come to be regarded as one of the Portland area's best players and instructors.
Rod has the distinction of being the first person ever to earn a Jazz Guitar degree from the University of Oregon, in 1991. He shares his vast storehouse of musical knowledge with others by teaching guitar privately to students of all ability levels and ages.
Rod not only plays guitars; he also builds them, and performs exclusively on instruments of his own design and construction.