Currently residing in the Hudson Valley, NY, James keeps active performing and teaching in and around New York 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. His unique playing style can be observed from watching his YouTube and Instagram videos.
In addition to holding a B.S. in Music Performance from SUNY New Paltz, he has studied with some notable names in the music industry, including late jazz legend John Abercrombie, John Stowell, 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 and performing around the NY-NJ-CT tri-state area and through Skype around the world. Contact him for more information and pricing!