Lead/Solo guitarist with over 20 years of experience. Styles include Classical, Country, Blues, & Rock. From Wine Bars to Dive Bars and Private Parties in Mansions to Barbecues in backyards, J has played around the country from Upstate New York, Las Vegas, and hundreds of shows all over Texas. J has a B.A. in Music Education with a focus in classical guitar and will bring his passion for music to your event.
Music was amazing, lots of genres. Everyone had a blast! Will definitely use him again.
My friends came in from out of town and wanted to do some kind of karaoke but because this is Austin, I wanted to hire a real musician so I booked J to play guitar for a sing-along party. He played everything we wanted-- hits from the 50's through today: Pat Benatar, Don McLean, Journey, 4 NonBlondes, Madonna, Tom Petty & even Bon Jovi!
When we took a break from singing, he wowed us with his classical guitar skills.
Overall-- J played for hours, was very adaptable to what we wanted, and was super friendly. My guests and I had a great time and I look forward to hiring him for my next function.
Price Range: $100 - $150 For Solo Performances
Gig Length: 40 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
At an upscale event, J would play beautiful and melodic favorites on his classical guitar. At more casual parties and bars, J plays standard hits and sing-along tunes.
- 2007 - Present: Lead/Solo Guitarist for private parties, restaurants, bars & a multitude of events.
- 2008 - Present: Lead/Solo Guitarist for Country, Americana, & Rock bands.
- 2008 - Present: Private Instructor for Guitar, Bass, Violin, Piano & Music Theory in the Austin area
- 2001 - 2007: Music Education Teacher in Westfield Academy & Central School
- 1999 - 2007: Guitarist in pit band for various community theatrical productions
- 75% M.A. in Music in SUNY Fredonia
- B.A. in Music Education & Classical Guitar
Additional Booking Notes
For solo performances, J provides his own sound system. J also provides professional gear for band performances and has several years of experience as a "sound guy."
Past Booked Events
|February 20, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|November 02, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
For Upscale Events & Wine Bars:
- What a Wonderful World
- The Rainbow Connection
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- Can't Help Falling In Love with You
For Band Performances:
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Friends in Low Places
- Sultans of Swing
- Bust a Move
- Jesse's Girl
+ Infinite blues and country songs
Also able to improvise & compose original music and unique sound customizable to the band and event.
- Miss American Pie
- Sweet Caroline
- Every Rose Has Its Thorn
- Don't Stop Believin'
+ Takes Requests
Influences & Inspiration
- Classical: Bach, Beethoven
- Rock: Stevie Ray Vaughn, & Dire Straits
- Also Modern soundtracks, Pop & Synth Pop
No requirements; adaptable to all situations.