Jim Armstrong

Classical Guitar from Pensacola, FL - Will travel up to 500 miles
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About
From solo guitar to jazz combos or orchestral work, I take pride in the quality and integrity of the music I produce today, and in my professionalism and reliability to every client.
In recent years I have focused on becoming a perfect classical guitarist for wedding ceremonies, specializing in outdoor/beach ceremonies with small, battery-powered equipment, including a wireless lapel mic for the officiant to insure that everyone hears the ceremony. In addition to the repertoire listed below, I am open to accommodate special requests for ceremony and/or reception music, and I can normally arrange any song as a beautiful solo guitar piece. I am completely self-contained with all equipment necessary for large to small engagements. For beach ceremonies I am normally ready to play for guests about 30 min. before the start of the ceremony, and I often play for some time afterwards while photos are taken. Playing beautiful music on the guitar is the goal and a love of my life which lends itself beautifully to other occasions as well; with an effortless transition from nylon-string to the sound of electric jazz guitar in the style of my influences, Wes Montgomery and one of my former teachers, George Benson. It will complement any sophisticated and/or romantic setting such as fine dining, wedding receptions, private house parties, corporate receptions or any occasion that intrinsically is a celebration of life itself. It can serve as a most appropriate soundtrack for your occasion.
After decades of experience with rock concert acts, show bands and jazz groups, I currently work along the Gulf Coast and deep south either as a soloist, with a female vocalist as a duo, with combos up to 7 pieces and sometimes large orchestras for jazz fests, casinos, resorts and convention centers. My solo repertoire other than wedding ceremonies includes pop, country and jazz standards, Latin sambas, bossa-novas, and pop classics.
Many years in the music business have provided me with a diverse repertoire and the ability to adapt to a wide variety of situations or whims. My vocal repertoire ranges from material by Nat Cole and Michael Buble' to James Taylor, Michael Franks, Jimmy Buffet, et al.

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My instruments are: an Ibanez arch top electric guitar and a Takamine electric/acoustic nylon-string classical guitar. I also play ukulele and banjo on occasion. I use a Roland guitar synthesizer, a looping device and a Rhythm Composer with personally-programmed (bass and percussion) accompaniment for solo engagements. I am completely self-contained with all equipment needed for large to very small accommodations.

Sample Wedding ceremony repertoire:

Bridal Chorus (Processional) (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Prelude #1. Op.3 (Boydston)
Prelude in Dm (Bach)
Minuet in G ( " )
Bouree' ( " )
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring ( " )
Air On The G String ( " )
Ode To Joy (Beethoven)
Hymne (Vangelis)
Adagio in Gm (Albinoni)
Por Ti Mi Corazon (Trad.)
Gymnopedie (Satie)
Amazing Grace (Walker)
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
Lagrima (Tarrega)
River Flows In You (Yiruma)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Wedding March (Recessional)(Mendelssohn)

Sample Incidental Music:

Theme From Romeo & Juliet (A Time For Us) / The Prayer / Marry Me / At Last / When I Fall In Love / Love Me Tender / A Thousand Years / Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme) / Moon River / Better Together / All Of Me / My One and Only Love / To Make You Feel My Love / I Can't Help Falling In Love With You / Thinking Out Loud / Somewhere In Time / Heaven / My Romance / When You Wish Upon A Star / You've Got A Friend / Michelle / Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Love Of My Life / Blackbird / Crazy Love / And I Love Her / If / Killing Me Softly / Time In A Bottle / Unchained Melody / As Time Goes By / Speak Softly Love (The Godfather) / Norwegian Wood / Somewhere Over The Rainbow / Here, There & Everywhere / You Raise Me Up / The Wind Beneath My Wings / La Vie En Rose / If I Were A Carpenter / Misty / God Bless The Broken Road / Smile / Someday My Prince Will Come / Til There Was You / If I Had You / I've Got The World On A String / All The Way / If I Fell / A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes / Autumn Leaves/Europa / I Will / In My Life / Here Comes The Sun / Yesterday / Strawberry Fields Forever / My Cherie Amor / If I Only Had A Brain / More Than You Know / Stardust / Someone To Watch Over Me / Girl From Ipanema / Vincent / It Had To Be You / Laura / My Funny Valentine / Wedding Song / Dust In The Wind / Manha de Carnival / The Dance / Unforgettable / Besame Mucho / The Way You Look Tonight / Santa Lucia / Annie's Song / What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life / In A Sentimental Mood / Mona Lisa

My repertoire for receptions and other occasions is diverse and lengthy - available upon request.
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Oh my, I can’t begin to sing enough praises about Jim. His professionalism, politeness, recommendations, timeliness & performance were all above & beyond anything we could’ve hoped for our wedding. The husband & I both highly recommend him! You won’t regret hiring him for ANY event.

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Anniversary Party

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Jim was absolutely wonderful. He worked with me weeks before our event to make sure that everything was perfect. It will be a moment my family will remember forever thanks to Jim!

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I booked Jim for my son's wedding because the reviews showed he was experienced and familiar with beach weddings. Jim was so polite in his communication and was prompt in getting back to me on my many questions. He has a lot of music you can select from or you can leave it up to him to play songs that fit your style of music. His music was absolutely beautiful!! He sets up himself, so no stress on your part, and he provides a wireless mic for the officiant which was so wonderful to hear the vows being said. Guests were complimenting me in choosing Jim as our guitar player. I highly recommend Jim for your special occasion.

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Jim played for my daughter's wedding last night at The Pavilion of Two Sisters in New Orleans. The music was absolutely perfect. Jim is extremely talented and cooperated with the soloists and scripture reader as well as the minister to provide mics for all! He was there early and did sound checks with everyone. Almost all the guests came up to me after the wedding to say how beautiful the music was. He created the exact atmosphere we envisioned and I am forever grateful to him. I highly recommend Jim for any type of event.

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Approximately 60 adults showed for my daughter's 40th birthday party Everyone commented on the perfect location, food was great and I was told Jim Armstrong was the icing on the cake Jim made it a perfect evening for everyone Jim is a talented, professional,personable musician

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Jim was absolutely amazing to work with!! He is a true professional and a brilliant musician! Our guests loved him and we would highly recommend Jim!!

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Cocktail Party

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This is our second event with Jim and we couldn't be more pleased. He is always very professional, yet personal, and has a great talent. We will continue to book him for years to come!

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Jim was wonderful to work with, he even did a second setup at the reception and played "At Last" while the bride sang to her new husband. It was truly a wonderful experience and I can't wait to hire him again for "my" beach wedding ceremonies as I'm a wedding planner. Sincerely, Ava Sobieszek.

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Private Party

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Jim was simply perfection. With zero direction from me, He arranged selections that made our evening wine pairing dinner flow seamlessly from start to finish. Jim even provided a wireless microphone for the speaking portion of our event. A flawless professional with a great talent. I’m already thinking about securing him again for our office’s Christmas party.

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Private Party

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Jim was amazing .. we had a vow renewal on Miramar regional public beach .. the parking lot was so crazy I was worried about guest and people making the renewal .. Jim showed up and was so confident and rearuring it helped me calm down and everything fell into place and went off without a hitch .. I definitely would recommend and would hire him again at a drop of a dime ...

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