Reliable and versatile young pianist who can play jazz, show tunes, classical and more for any cocktail hour, lounge environment or private engagement. Rates are always negotiable and fast, friendly communication is standard.
Look no further.....Can't say enough nice things about James. He arrived early for set up & from that moment on, he wowed all of us with his wonderful music. Professional, super talented,punctual& dressed perfect for the occasion. He had addressed all of my concerns & requests prior to event so that I could enjoy the party without distractions from him. Would HIGHLY recommend him for any party. You will not be disappointed with this young man. Not to mention, he was playing in a room full of musicians & they too were impressed by him.
Response from James Chwalyk:
Thank you, Susie! Your party was a BLAST and I truly appreciate your kind words. Here's to another 50 years for your husband!
James was a pleasure to work with. During the planning phase, he was very professional and asked questioned we hadn't even thought of regarding the event (e.g., what he should wear, where he should park, what our party colors were). He understood exactly what we were looking for, arrived on time, brought his own equipment, and delivered an elegant performance. We highly recommend James.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: American Sign Language, English, Italian
Phone Number: Call
James Chwalyk, Jr. (b.1987) graduated magna cum laude from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where he earned Bachelors of Music degrees in Music Education and Music Theory/Composition with a minor in Harry Partch Microtonal Studies. He has studied trombone with Anthony J. “Tony” Mazzocchi, euphonium with Dr. Mary Ann Craig and composition with Patrick J. Burns.
His original works have been performed by the Palisades Virtuosi and Bloomfield Youth Band among others, and his microtonal arrangements of classic works have been premiered by the Harry Partch Ensemble at Montclair State University under the direction of the late Dean Drummond.
Since becoming an instrumental music teacher in the Lyndhurst (NJ) public school system, James serves as the Middle School Band Festival Coordinator for the NJMEA. (New Jersey Music Educators Association) He is also the group’s A/V and Equipment manager for its annual February conference.
No stranger to theater, James is currently the music director for the non-profit C.A.S.T. (Community Actors Student Theater) in Kenilworth, NJ, having formerly served as music director, treasurer and business manager for the Charles Seller Foundation/Talent Time Players in Bloomfield, NJ. He has also played in various community theater pit orchestras through northern New Jersey.
In the community, James remains an active member of Clifton Lodge No. 203 of F.&A.M. (Free and Accepted Masons) and the Northern Valley of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He currently serves New Jersey DeMolay as the Director of Education.
James is the leader and founder of the Hi-Res Quartet, and has played with numerous civic, collegiate and professional ensembles throughout northern New Jersey on trombone, euphonium and keyboards.
Past Booked Events
|June 03, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 30, 2015||Wedding Engagement|
Jazz standards in a variety of popular styles, particularly well-suited for cocktail hours and private engagements. Specific artists' work can be presented upon request. (Sinatra, Beatles, etc.)
I own all of my equipment (including instruments and amplifier) and attire. Please provide a nearby power outlet for keyboard work.