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Wedding Pros White Party

I was recently selected to provide cocktail hour music for The Wedding Pros White Party at The Francis, a local wedding and dining venue located at 1289 Palm Avenue in Sarasota Florida. The group consisted of many Sarasota area wedding professionals – planners, officiants, bakers, chefs, florists, photographers, chauffeurs, DJs and venue managers. This event ……


Wedding Performance on the World’s Top Beach

It was a pleasure to play a wedding performance and cocktail hour reception on the world’s top beach, Siesta Beach. For years, Sarasota’s Siesta Beach has been rated number one by a number of reviewers. Siesta Beach boasts white powdery sand and beautiful crystal clear gulf water. This particular wedding occurred on November 28, 2015, ……


Jazz Guitar Performance

I performed for a church service on Sunday, 7-20-15,  at The Unitarian Universalist Church in Sarasota, Fl. What made this performance unique is that I played three pieces from my solo jazz guitar repertoire. The tunes were “Satin Doll” by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, “Blue Monk” by Thelonious Monk and “A Child is Born” ……


Sarasota Special Event Entertainment

As a Sarasota special event entertainment guitarist, I was delighted to perform for a gallery show opening on 7-18-15. The event, at The Artful Giraffe in Sarasota’s historic district, provided the perfect venue to feature myself as a local Sarasota jazz guitarist. I wanted to make sure that the music was rhythmic, upbeat and cheerful ……


Sarasota Magazine’s Top Doctor’s Event

I played the music for Sarasota Magazine’s “Top Doctor’s” event on June 17 at The Founders Club “Girona” model home in Sarasota, Fl. For this event I played a variety of repertoire on my Gibson ES-175 through my Roland BA-330 PA. I was able to disperse the sound throughout the home by using two speakers ……


Keeping My Musicianship Current

Musicianship Skills At a recent party I performed with a group of my young students. These young adults play with incredible musicianship skill and maturity. Many of their insights come from viewing YouTube videos, but I’m glad to have them under my tutorship in order to refine their skill. It keeps me up to date and ……


Special Retirement Party

Special Retirement Party What a privilege to provide the music for a special friend, Kathy L, upon her retirement from the School District of Manatee County. I decided to keep the music light and upbeat for this special event. I played my Gibson ES-175 jazz guitar through a Roland BA-330 PA system. I was able ……


Valencia Lakes Country Club

I had the pleasure of providing music for a social mixer at Valencia Lakes Country Club in Wimauma on Saturday night. This special event was enjoyable to play. I was on a beautiful stage and able to project my music to several hundred appreciative listeners. In the audience were several guitar enthusiasts who really connected ……


Practice Makes Perfect!

Keeping musical skills at their peek requires constant practice. As a wedding ceremony musician, I want to keep my traditional repertoire in tact, while I also work on new tunes. I play both jazz and classical guitar for my profession. This gives me the versatility I need to do two parts of the wedding event ……


Different Guitar Choices

Different guitars have different sound qualities. I am currently working on the song, “Over the Rainbow.” This song is a popular request for wedding ceremonies and wedding cocktail hour music. I am currently in the process of making a YouTube video playing the song using the guitar that I think is best suited for my ……


Palm Island Beach Wedding Ceremony

What a pleasure to perform the wedding ceremony music for a delightful bride and groom from Boston! They selected the beautiful “Canon In D” for the bride’s processional and a jazzy version of  “Over The Rainbow” for the recessional. The weather was perfect for their beach wedding ceremony on Palm Island, Florida. I’m always happy ……


O Som Do Jazz

Had a great rehearsal last week with members of O Som Do Jazz and am looking forward to performing tonight in St. Petersburg, and on Thursday at the SCF Neel Auditorium. O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s and ’70s Brazilian Bossa Nova, MPB ……


The Devyn Grand Opening & Benefit for Greyhounds

I had the opportunity to play at the Grand Opening of The Devyn, Sarasota’s premier event venue last night. This was also a benefit for the beautiful greyhounds that are in need of permanent homes. A fun night filled with new faces, great entertainment, delicious food from several Sarasota vendors and many graceful and gracious ……


Busy!

I’m loving every minute of being this busy! I’ve been playing for weddings, public performances, directing students and performing at my recital! Learning new music for weddings requires time and lots of attention, but the reaction of the bride and groom makes it all a pure pleasure. Many beautiful venues, wonderful sunset ceremonies, and lots ……


Recital at State College of Florida

I had the pleasure of playing my annual recital at the State College of Florida’s Neel Auditorium last night. Joining me were my friends; Bob Lunergan on drums, George Mancini on trombone, and John Miller playing bass. Lots of fun playing with these professionals for an appreciative audience!


State College of Florida Jazz Bands

I had a great time directing my SCF jazz bands the end of March! I’m so grateful to work with such a talented group of students. The appreciative audience made every minute of every academic day worth it. Congratulations to my students for an amazing performance!


Friday Night – Bernadette Peters

I’ll be playing this Friday night (2/15) at Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall for Bernadette Peters! See the link below if you’re interested in coming up to see the concert. I know it’s going to be a very special event and a very special evening. http://calendar.fsu.edu/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=275  


The Last Few Days

I’ve been busy the last few days! On Thursday, I had the pleasure of playing for the Sarasota Opera Guild at a private residence on Siesta Key. Beautiful home, gracious hosts and just a very enjoyable event. Friday I played with a band that some of you may know, Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, down ……


Fisherman's Village

I had a great opportunity to play at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda with some outstanding musicians! Special thanks to George Mancini for including me in this gig!


The Oaks Country Club

Played a wonderful event for the members of The Oaks Country Club on Friday night. A very receptive and complimentary audience and staff. Thanks for having me!!