Bio – “Shredder” Jim has been playing,  performing, and teaching guitar for over 30 years. Practicing up to 9 hrs a day at one point,  Jim has played in several bands from heavy metal shred, to top 40, from Van Morrison to Van Halen. Jim also has played as a soloist , performing classical and smooth jazz guitar for weddings, art galleries,wine tastings, even Hollywood!

Education – Jim has studied with guitarist and multi instrumentalist Rick Bruno, studied classical guitar at SCCC and Skidmore colleges , along with advanced studies in Flamenco and Classical guitar with legendary guitarist  Dennis Koster in Manhattan . Furthering his education, Jim has studied Jazz and Contemporary music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Awards – Jim has received awards from the 2002 John Lennon Song Writing Competition, and the 1995 Billboards Song Writing Contest, getting Honorable Mention for  two of his songs awarded in the top 10% of all submissions. Jim was also awarded in the Marshall Amplification Stun Solo Contest in 1986.


Classical Guitar Performance Sample
Bourree in E Minor by JS Bach

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