Currently residing in Westchester County, NY, James keeps active performing and teaching in and around New York City. Starting October 28 he will be permanently living in Nashville, TN [Music City]!
His musicianship encompasses a variety of skills, some of which include solo guitar arrangements, improvisation, and thorough knowledge of music theory and all musical styles. He also plays 3 other instruments, including Bass Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano/Keyboards. His unique playing style can be observed from watching his YouTube and Instagram videos.
In addition to holding a B.S. in Contemporary Music from SUNY New Paltz, he has studied under some notable names in the music industry, including late jazz legend John Abercrombie, John Stowell, Fingerstyle Champion Helen Avakian, Marvin 'Bugalu' Smith, and NYC pianist Larry Ham.
Since December 2015, James has been working on major cruise ships as the house band/orchestra guitarist. In addition, his duties included playing solo jazz guitar sets.
Working on Carnival and Princess cruise lines in 2016, he has had the privilege to travel to exotic destinations throughout the world, such as Bora Bora, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean, among many other destinations.
He has completed a recent contract (Oct 2017 - Jan 2018) working on the Celebrity Millennium as the Orchestra guitarist. It was just under a 4 month contract and he traveled to some awesome places in Asia. Among the countries visited were Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and South Korea.
Having returned from a 2 month stay traveling around Brazil (Feb - Apr 2018), James is back to teaching full-time and performing around the NY-NJ-CT tri-state area and through Skype/FaceTime around the world. Contact him for more information and pricing!