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American Song Book – Popularity Prevails

At a recent Father’s Day Brunch at Jacaranda Trace Retirement Community, I performed tunes from the American Song Book. These are tunes from my parents’ generation, but made popular again by artists such as Stefani Germanotta (also known as Lady Gaga), Michael Bublé and Amy Winehouse. Examples of these tunes are: “I Love You,” “Summertime,” “Fly ……


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 ……


Holiday Parties

It’s time to start preparing my solo instrumental guitar music for this year’s Holiday Parties. Depending on the type of Holiday Party I play for, I select a certain style of instrumental solo guitar music. For Example, if the holiday party is mainly themed on a sit down formal dinner, I’ll play my classical guitar ……


Realtor Open House

On the 15th of October, I had the pleasure of playing instrumental solo guitar music for a realtor open house on Redington Beach. I’ve played for several realtor open house events in the past and I’ve enjoyed setting a relaxed and distinctive mood through my musical performance. The house being shown by realtor Steve Redman ……


Retirement Community Entertainment

I provided elegant classical guitar music to accompany an art show at Calusa Harbor House Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida. This retirement community entertainment helped to showcased the artwork that the residents have been creating under the direction of  their resident art teacher. Providing entertainment for retirement communities involves selecting appropriate music to embellish the event. I worked with ……


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 ……


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 ……


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!!


Great Time at Selby Gardens!

I’m having a great time playing for Selby Garden’s Annual Lights in Bloom! I was there on Monday the 17th, and last night, and will be there again tonight, tomorrow night and then again on the 26th and 27th. Thankfully, since it was so cold last night, they were gracious enough to let me play ……


Sarasota Opera Guild Luncheon at Michael's on East

A special Thank You to Betty York and the Sarasota Opera Guild for a wonderful time this past Wednesday. I thoroughly enjoyed playing and explaining my music to a very receptive and appreciative audience. The food at Michael’s on East was fabulous and the dessert fantastic! I look forward to the possibility of playing another ……


The Last Couple of Months

I haven’t blogged recently because I’ve been very busy, thank you God! It’s a real blessing to be able to earn my living teaching and playing music that I love. I played a beautiful event for Mother’s Day at Selby Gardens last Sunday. A special Thank You to Dan Johnson for making sure that everything ……


Another Great Night at Selby Gardens!

Playing on Monday night for the fourth time for their Lights in the Gardens was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had! The crowd was appreciative of the music, and fun to play for. Seeing old and new friends is always a bonus too! One more night, tonight ~ so come on out if ……


Venice Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve

I had the privilege of playing at the Venice Presbyterian Church for their 8:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. The music was beautiful, and the other musicians were terrific to work with. Their young vocalist had the poise and confidence of a trained professional, and was also a pleasure to accompany in “Mary, Did You ……