I'm a jazz guitarist. My music ranges from playing straight ahead jazz to fusion & everything inbetween.
I've played in almost every kind of music ensemble including solo, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, & even big bands & pit orchestras for musicals.
I can read notation & have an extensive knowledge of music theory with experience in arranging & transposing music.
I play both electric guitar & acoustic guitar. I can also double on ukulele & mandolin.
I'm a team player & enjoy working with people from every genre. My past experience has included playing jazz, rock, blues, R&B, funk, and classical music.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
I play sets of music that typically last for 45 minutes to an hour. The music is instrumental jazz with covers of pop, rock, blues, & jazz songs. I play music that is enjoyable for the listener whither they are fully engaged in the music or just causally listening. I communicate with the audience in between songs with announcements of the titles of the songs and antidotes about the songs I am playing. Any special requests for specific songs can be made ahead of time.
I am a guitarist in the Dayton, Ohio area. I play Jazz and other styles of American music. I grew up in Mt.Orab, Ohio about 40 miles outside of Cincinnati. Most of the music that I was exposed to was classic rock, country, gospel, and bluegrass. I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old in 1979. I had a teacher named Lloyd Hazelbaker when I was 13 and he was a western swing steel guitarist. He told me that I was going to be a jazz guitarist but I had no idea what jazz was. He went on to teach me a lot of old standards like "the Autumn Leaves".
Later, when I was 19, I decided to go to college for music. I went to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and studied with Phil Willis. Then I studied with James E. Smith at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio near Dayton. Then I started teaching and performing through out the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas.
I then found out about the Berklee Online school and started my classes in the winter of 2009 and finished my Specialist Certificate in Advanced Guitar in May, 2009. In 2015 I returned to Central State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.
I have performed at most of the establishments in the Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio area including the Schuster Center, the Victoria Theater, Pacchia restaurant, the Nite Owl, Jazz Central, and the Brown Dog Cafe. I have also played at the Guitar Fest in Centerville, Ohio and at the Lancaster Festival.
Additional Booking Notes
All sound equipment will be provided by the band.
Access to 3 or 4 chairs for the band to use if possible.
Access to electrical outlets.
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