Rare are the times when you go out for a cocktail and dinner and there is live quality music in the back ground. I have learned that people go out for a fine dining experience and are often times caught sitting at a table with undesirable music being forced at them.
What they really wanted was a peaceful relaxing dinner where they can talk to one another but still feel that they had a special experience with a bit of elegance and charm.
I provide that type of atmosphere. As there are fewer and fewer solo jazz guitarists it is rare and unique to here melodies and jazz interludes from a solo performance. No rhythm tracks, drum machines, Just solo jazz guitar... playing memorable tunes.
Randy was great, music selections on spot and entertained us. Cheers
Randy played jazz guitar for a couple hours at my 60-person outdoor evening reception in Empire MI last summer. His sound was very suitable for a classy summer evening soiree, and his equipment projected the sound well. He showed up early for the event and even played a little longer than agreed. I'd highly recommend him for your event if you want to hear some great jazz classics played on an electric jazz guitar.
Price Range: $300 and up depending on distance
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
My performance is solo jazz guitar much like the masters. I have been told my playing can sound like... Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Cal Collins, Kenny Burrell. Although I am humbled by the compliments, I guess it is the best way to discribe my playing. I am best suited for dinner cocktail hours or any gathering where ther is a need for a relaxing jazz sound.
Solo Jazz guitarist
Fine dining, Quiet lounges, Bars, Outdoor settings, Patios, Decks, Private events, Social gatherings. I look forward to them all...
I have been playing jazz guitar for over thirty years, and I'm sure I have never played any tune the same way twice. That's how it works !!!
I studied jazz in the 1980 at Western Michigan University. While attending WMU I was taking private jazz guitar instruction from renowned jazz guitarist John Riemer, scales, arpeggios, tonal centers, tension and release, that kind of stuff. It's great to know if you want to be serious about it, I did and I still do. It is always the funnest challange, and is most exciting to here what your next improvised line might sound like. Did you hit the mark that you wanted? If not, try again the next time around.
I was a member of a jazz orchestra at WMU and have also played with small combo and duo arrangements at many venues throughout the years. living and working in Northern Michigan is a dream.
I have had the pleasure of perfoming with great jazz musicans such as; John Riemer, Gene Butler, Jerry Camron, Tom Bourcier, Hank Hedges, Bill Harre, Lori Sears and many others......
Additional Booking Notes
I take up very little space with my own equipment and provide rich jazz guitar solos.
I also provide a more up beat combination of a trio/quartet sound without adding any extra expense.
Past Booked Events
|October 14, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 19, 2014||Dinner Dance|
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
ALL OF ME
THEME SONG FROM ARTHOR
THE LADY IS A TRAMP
HOW HIGH THE MOON
FOOLS RUSH IN
NIGHT AND DAY
BODY AND SOUL
THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE
GOD BLESS THE CHILD
SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
STELLA BY STARLIGHT
SLOW HOT WIND
SOMEWHERE MY LOVE
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
POLKADOTS AND MOON BEAMS
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
TILL THERE WAS YOU
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
OVER THE RAINBOW
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS
I HERE A RHAPSODY
MANY CHRISTMAS SONGS
Influences & Inspiration
Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, John Riemer, Gene Butler, Larry Carlton, John Scofield, CheT Atkins .. All the greats!!
Minimal... I take up a small area with my own equipment.