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Boston Musician for Hire. Solo Acoustic Jazz & Classical Guitarist.
Jazz Standards, "The American Songbook",
Boston Musician for Hire. Solo Acoustic Jazz & Classical Guitarist.
Jazz Standards, "The American Songbook"
Solo acoustic jazz & classical guitarist.

Haverhill, MA
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Jazz & Popular Standards
"The American Songbook"

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Welcome! If you are considering hiring a musician for an event in greater
Boston or anywhere in New England I hope you'll take a few minutes to
read through this page and the rest of my website. Please be sure to listen
to audio samples. The
venues page lists many of the types of events for
which I have been hired to provide music. Check out the
reviews page to
see what previous clients have to say about me as a professional musician.

Solo Acoustic Jazz Guitarist
Duke Ellington once said, "There are only two kinds of music - good music
and the other kind". As one fortunate enough to have studied jazz guitar in
Boston at Berklee College of Music and classical guitar at New England
Conservatory I completely agree with Ellington. Combining my love of both
styles I have made a particular specialty of performing selections from "The
American Songbook" on solo classical guitar. Composers of theses great
jazz and popular 'standards' include Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Ann
Ronnell, Richard Rogers, Henry Mancini and a host of others. Timeless
and always fresh sounding, these tunes are widely known and loved across
generational lines. My original  arrangements and improvisations are done
in a classical style with emphasis on maintaining a clear and uncluttered
melodic line. I like to think of this approach as “jazz and popular standards
with a classical touch”.  I perform on a classical guitar with a built in
microphone so some amplification can be used - enough to be heard in a
crowded room, but never so much as to be overpowering.

Classical Guitarist
The traditional repertoire for classical guitar Includes music covering five
centuries. Rennaisance and Baroque lute music is often arranged and
performed on classical guitar. During the Classical and Romantic periods
the guitar had it's own group of composers including Fernando Sor, Mauro
Giuliani, Nicolo Paganini and Johann Kaspar Mertz. Although none of these
composers were on the same level as Mozart or Beethoven they did
produce some very beautiful and charming pieces for classical guitar. Due
in large part to the influence Andres Segovia there was a renewal of
interest in the classical guitar and it's music during the twentieth century
and composers from all over the world have written pieces for the

The song lists below is not nearly complete, but should give you a pretty
good idea of what to expect. Thank you for visiting my website. Please get
in touch if you should have any questions about booking a performance.
Jazz & Popular Standards (partial list);
Ain't Misbehavin' - Waller
Alice I Wonderland - Fain
All The Things You Are - Kern
Angel Eyes - Dennis
As Time Goes By - Hupfeld
At Last - Warren
Autumn Leaves - Kosma
Besame Mucho - Velazquez
Blue Moon - Rogers
Body And Soul - Green
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Arlen
Cry Me A River - Hamilton
Darn That Dream - Van Heusen
Desafinado - Jobim
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Ellington
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Schwandt
Embraceable You - Gershwin
For Once In My Life - Murden
Georgia On My Mind - Carmichael
Girl From Ipanema - Jobim
Here's That Rainy Day - Van Heusen
How Long Has This Been Goin' On? - Gershwin
I Thought About You - Van Heusen
In A Sentimental Mood - Ellington
In My Life - Lennon/McCartney
It Had To Be You - Jones
It's Only A Paper Moon - Arlen
Just The Way You Are - Joel
Lil' Darlin' - Hefti
Manha De Carnival - Bonfa
Meditation - Jobim
Mood Indigo - Ellington
Moonlight In Vermont - Suessdorf
Moonlight Serenade - Miller
Moon River - Mancini
My Funny Valentine - Rodgers
My Romance - Rodgers
Night And Day - Porter
Nuages - Reinhardt
On A Clear Day - Lane
Over The Rainbow - Arlen
Polkadots And Moonbeams - Van Heusen
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars - Jobim
'Round Midnight - Monk
Satin Doll - Ellington
Send In The Clowns - Sondheim
Skylark - Carmichael
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Romberg
Someday My Prince Will Come - Churchill
Someone To Watch Over Me - Gershwin
Summertime - Gershwin
The Shadow Of Your Smile - Mandel
The Way You Look Tonight - Kern
They Can't Take That Away From Me - Gershwin
Unforgettable - Gordon
Wave - Jobim
What A Wonderful World - Weiss
When You Wish Upon A Star - Harline
Willow Weep For Me - Ronnell
Yesterday - Lennon/McCartney
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Wonder
You've Got A Friend - King
Audio samples:
Air On The 'G' String
Cancion De Cuna

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Audio samples:
(jazz standards)
Blue Moon
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Ain't Misbehavin'
The Girl From Ipanema
All The Things You Are
Willow Weep For Me
My Romance
Classical (partial list):
Adelita - Tarrega
Air On The 'G' String - Bach
Allemande - Dowland
Asturias - Albeniz
Bouree - Bach
Canarios - Sanz
Canon In 'D' - Pachelbel
Capriccio Arabe - Tarrega
Cavatina - Myers
Cancion De Cuna - Brouwer
Choros - Villa Lobos
Estudio Brilliante - Tarrega
Etudes - Sor
Gavotte - Bach
Granada - Albeniz
Greensleeves - Cutting
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Bach
Lagrima - Tarrega
Liebeslied - Mertz
Melancholy Galliard - Dowland
Minuet - Sor
Pavanas - Sanz
Preludes - Villa Lobos
Recuerdos De La Alhambra - Tarrega
Romance - Paganini
Romanza - Anonymous
Rondo - Sor
Sonata - Scarlatti
Tarantella - Mertz
Variations On A Theme Of Mozart - Sor
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Jazz & Popular Standards with a Classical Touch

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