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.
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.
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)
Adagio in Gm (Albinoni)
Por Ti Mi Corazon (Trad.)
Amazing Grace (Walker)
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
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.