My name is Jim Perona & thank you for visiting my GigSalad page! Music is my passion & my profession. I've been performing at weddings, corporate parties, restaurants, & private events FULL-TIME for over 5 years now & my clients have spoken - I am amongst the top-reviewed* solo guitarists in the country!
*Although relatively new to GigSalad, I have over 100 verified client reviews on multiple sites.
My repertoire covers every era of music, from Bach to Beatles! I also possess a unique ability to take any song and arrange it for solo guitar. This means that I can accommodate ALL musical requests, making your music options virtually limitless!
I can't wait to be a part of your event!
Jim Perona played guitar music for a brunch for OrganTransplant Support, a non profit organization on Sept 9. He arrived on time & set up & was ready to play before the guests arrived. Everyone loved the great variety of songs he played, and the music added a festive feeling to this brunch. He was seated on the other side of the room from the podium, but Jim was alert for cues to stop the music when we needed to make announcements. Jim was a professional, and we are so happy that he played guitar for our event.
Jim did an excellent job. Mindful of the music selection for our "Holiday Party" and his playing was beautiful. Would recommend highly.
We loved Jim's performance at Fountain Park Chautauqua! His skill with the guitar was amazing.
Jim is a wonderful talent! His music danced through the air of my mother's graveside service. He played classical and contemporary pieces magnificently. Everyone in attendance remarked about how lovely his music was.
But there is so much more than just talent when you chose an artist for an event. Jim is gracious, reliable and amenable . He cared about us. I couldn't be more pleased.
Jim provided the music for our daughter and new son's open house to celebrate their recent marriage. He was the perfect fit for the venue and to provide beautiful music to add ambiance to the evening! Several of our guests commented how much they enjoyed his music. He is polite, professional and wonderful to work with / highly recommended
Our business community really enjoyed having play at our annual awards gala. He has a great demeanor, a great smile, and has real talent. He was able to play all genres of music.
The music that Jim provided set the tone for our whole outdoor ceremony. He was amazing to work with, patient as we worked our way to 6 songs, sending demos, and tweaking things along the way. He provided prompt email responses, keeping his customer informed and happy. He was on time and prepared with a battery powered amp just in case we didn’t have electricity for our rustic wedding. So many of the guests thanked us for the concert in the woods! Thank you, Jim!
Very easy to get ahold of and he did an amazing job
Jim was such a blessing. Incredible musical ability and superb professionalism. Would book again in a heart beat for any event that needs an elegant and magical touch.
Jim was the perfect choice for our small, outdoor wedding ceremony. After our first musician fell through, we were able to quickly book Jim on Gig Salad. He made the process super easy and efficient, and it was a breeze to work with him before the ceremony. We told him what we wanted and he did just that during our ceremony. We did not have to worry about a thing.
It rained all day for our outdoor wedding and we were forced to be under a tent. This was not an issue at all for Jim and he rolled with everything. This included adapting chosen songs length as needed. Since we were forced under a tent due to the rain our processional time was significantly decreased. He timed everything perfectly and started and stopped songs very seamlessly even though times were much different than I had originally told him. Everyone loved his solo guitar music and thought it was perfect for a wedding ceremony. He was also very personable and a good fit to our small, private ceremony.
Mr Perona helped me transcribe an intricate piece of French classical guitar called "Meditation" by Jules Massenet. It was way out of my league. As with everything else I've seen and heard from him, in short time he produced a high level piece of tabulature from the sheet music which I can not read. Don't listen to me, listen to Jim's clips and his long list of pleasantly flabbergasted past clientele. Jim is a work horse and not only well-studied but also, in my opinion has that special something, whatever it is; the "IT" that can not be learned. Raw talent, yound yet seasoned professional. If he's available book him. He's that good, listen for yourself. Thank you, Mr Jim Perona!!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 300 minutes
***WINNER OF "TOP NATIONAL GUITARIST" ON GIGMASTERS, "BEST OF WEDDINGS" ON THE KNOT & "BRIDE'S CHOICE AWARD" ON WEDDINGWIRE!****
My name is Jim Perona and thank you for visiting my Gig Salad page! Music is my passion, my profession, and I can't wait to share more about it with you! I've been performing at weddings, corporate parties, restaurants, private events, & much more FULL-TIME for over 3 years now & the clients have spoken - I am amongst the top-reviewed solo guitarists in the country!
What makes me stand out from the other performers is my unique ability to take any song and arrange it for solo guitar. This means that I can accommodate ALL musical requests, making your music options virtually limitless!
Additionally, my versatile performance repertoire spans over 500 years of music covering the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras as well as hits from the past 60 years. From Bach to the Beatles, I play it all. Just listen for yourself as I skillfully turn any song into an instrumental guitar piece by retaining its familiar melody and harmony while gaining a charming elegance that is beautifully suited for any occasion!
Because of the versatility in my repertoire, my act is compatible with virtually every type of event. I am enthusiastically ready, willing and able to perform at any event: Weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, civil unions, rehearsal dinners, retirement home recitals, birthday parties, anniversaries, seasonal holiday parties, wine tastings, and more! Any time, any place, you name it and I will be there!
***MY MUSICAL JOURNEY***
I was born to be a musician. As the youngest of 6 kids in a very musical family, I was completely mesmerized watching my older brothers play in their bands. In fact, on the days they had a gig, I'd scramble to finish my homework so I could have the chance to see them perform. After being a mini-roadie for many years, I decided it was time to be a part of the action. I started taking guitar lessons and, at the age of 11, found my calling and developed a deep passion for guitar. In 2008, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northern Illinois University, where I had the incredible opportunity to study with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, the 2009 award recipient of "Best World Guitarist" from Guitar Player Magazine. In 2010, I received my Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from New England Conservatory, where I had the amazing fortune of studying with world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk (winner of the 1980 International Guitar Competition, founder of the Boston Guitarfest and close friend and student of classical guitar great Andres Segovia). I feel so blessed to have been mentored by some of the best in the world and truly believe they have fully educated me to become one of the most versatile, accomplished guitarists around!
***TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE JIM PERONA***
10. VOLUME CONTROL - The volume of my music is guaranteed to be loud enough to hear and enjoy, yet soft enough to have a comfortable conversation from 10 feet away!
9. PORTABILITY - Just me and my guitar (and usually some amplification, too), which means I can move from room to room with ease!
8. AFFORDABLE - Say good-bye to cutting hefty checks split among quartets and big bands and hello to me, myself and I!
7. DEDICATED - Above and beyond service with a smile. Will do just about anything to ensure you and your loved ones have the time of your lives. The sky's the limit!
6. PASSIONATE - Plenty of heart and drive. I respectfully treat you with the upmost care and will be there for you moment-by-moment!
5. HARD WORKING - Your happiness is number one in my book and I will work around the clock in order to create a flawless performance custom-made just for you!
4. RELIABLE - You can always count on me to be prepared, show up early to events and return all correspondence in a timely manner.
3. TRUSTWORTHY - No surprises when it comes to me! I will honestly and ethically communicate with you every step of the way!
2. PROFESSIONAL - My vast experience and friendly persona will erase all the stress so commonly experienced from an event.
1. VERSATILE/UNIQUE - You deserve nothing but the best and it's my goal to give you the highest-quality service possible. I eagerly accommodate ANY and ALL musical requests and will masterfully turn it into a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable solo guitar performance of a lifetime!
Thank you so very much for visiting my profile. It is greatly appreciated. I would love to be a part of your next event, so please feel free to contact me at any time and I will be more than happy to accommodate your every need!
All the very best,
Past Booked Events
|September 09, 2018 • 10:30am - 1:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|December 03, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Christmas Party|
|July 27, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Concert|
|July 07, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:30am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 27, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|January 21, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|October 15, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 24, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 24, 2016 • 10:30am - 12:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 16, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|July 09, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|May 30, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
My Lady Hundson's Puffe (John Dowland)
Fantasia X(Alonso Mudarra)
Silent Night, Holy Night(Franz X. Gruber)
O Christmas Tree (Traditional German)
What Child is This? (Greensleeves) (Traditional English)
Joy to the World (George F. Handel)
Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional Latin)
Jingle Bell Rock (Joseph Carleton Beal & James Ross Boothe)
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Traditional Latin)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn)
Jingle Bells (James Pierpont)
Deck the Halls (Traditional Welsh)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Traditional English)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Traditional English)
Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)
Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)
Bridal Chorus (Richard Wagner)
Wedding March (Felix Mendelssohn)
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
Prelude No. 1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier (J.S. Bach)
Air on the G String (J.S. Bach)
Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach)
Sleepers, Awake (J.S. Bach)
Bist Du bei Mir (J.S. Bach)
Suite BWV 995 (J.S. Bach)
I. Prelude & Presto
V. Gavottes I & II
Bourree in e minor from Suite BWV 996 (J.S. Bach)
Prelude in E Major from Suite BWV 1006a (J.S. Bach)
Prelude from Suite BWV 998 (J.S. Bach)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Francisco Tarrega)
Estudio Brillante (Tarrega)
Capricho Arabe (Tarrega)
Asturias (Isaac Albeniz)
Romance de los Pinos (Federico Moreno Torroba)
Un Sueo en la Floresta (Agustin Barrios)
Canco del Lladre (Miguel Llobet)
El Colibri (Julio Sagreras)
Canarios (Gaspar Sanz)
El Humahuaqueo (Edmundo Zaldivar)
Estudio 5 (Fernando Sor)
Etudes #1, #2, #3 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
Etude #3, #25 (Matteo Carcassi)
Cavatina (Stanley Myers)
Guajiras de Lucia (Paco de Lucia)
Punta y Tacon (Sabicas)
Fandangos de Huelva (Traditional)
CONTEMPORARY (Solo guitar arrangements):
Eight Days a Week(The Beatles)
Here Comes the Sun(Beatles)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps(Beatles)
Here, There and Everywhere(Beatles)
I've Just Seen A Face(Beatles)
She Loves You (Beatles)
With A Little Help From My Friends(Beatles)
All You Need Is Love (Beatles)
In My Life (Beatles)
Let It Be (Beatles)
Hey Jude (Beatles)
Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles)
Across the Universe(Beatles)
Drive My Car (Beatles)
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away(Beatles)
If I Fell (Beatles)
Imagine (John Lennon)
My Valentine (Paul McCartney)
Your Song(Elton John)
Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John)
Hotel California (Eagles)
Love Will Keep Us Alive (Eagles)
Don't Stop Believin' (Journey)
Wildflowers (Tom Petty)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns 'n' Roses)
Bless the Broken Road(Rascal Flatts)
Whatever It Is(Zac Brown Band)
Brown Eyed Girl(Van Morrison)
If I Ain't Got You(Alicia Keys)
At Last (Etta James)
Make You Feel My Love(Bob Dylan, in the style of Adele's version)
I Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis)
It's Now or Never (Elvis)
Hawaiian Wedding Song (Elvis)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
More Than Words (Extreme)
Change The World (Eric Clapton)
Wonderful Tonight(Eric Clapton)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day)
Something In The Way She Moves(James Taylor)
Passionate Kisses (Lucinda Williams)
The Wind (Cat Stevens)
Tonight You Belong To Me (Patience & Prudence, from the film "The Jerk")
Making Memories of Us(Keith Urban)
Feels Like Home(Chantal Kreviazuk)
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
End of the Road (Umphrey's McGee)
You Were Meant For Me (Jewel)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)
I'm Yours(Jason Mraz)
Comfortably Numb(Pink Floyd)
Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Angel (Jack Johnson)
Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
Harvest Moon(Neil Young)
September (Earth, Wind and Fire)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow(Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version)
The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel)
Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, from the film "Once")
Everything (Michael Bubl)
You're My Best Friend (Queen)
As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld, from the film "Casablanca")
How Deep is Your Love?(Bee Gees)
(I've Had) The Time of My Life (Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz, from the film "Dirty Dancing")
Just Breathe (Pearl Jam)
Better Man (Pearl Jam)
I Only Want To Be With You(Dusty Springfield)
Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
Always (Atlantic Starr)
You and Me (Dave Matthews Band)
This Year's Love (David Gray)
What a Wonderful World (Louie Armstrong)
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Under the Bridge (Red Hot Chii Peppers)
Kokomo (Beach Boys)
Marry Me (Train)
I Could Not Ask For More (Edwin McCain)
From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
Rainbow Connection (Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher, originally from "The Muppet Movie")
The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
My Hero (Foo Fighters)
3-prong electrical outlet
Reasonable weather conditions for outdoor gigs