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. More can be learned 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 include playing solo jazz guitar sets.
Working on Carnival and Princess cruise lines, 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.
This has recently sparked his wanderlust and since has gotten into amateur photography and videography. More can be found at his travel blog website below.
He has recently completed his contract working on the Celebrity Millennium as the Orchestra guitarist. It was just under a 4 month contract and traveled to some awesome places in Asia. Among the countries visited were Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and South Korea. He is traveling for 2 months in Brasil soon and continuing to further enhance his blogging and photography skills.