Bio – James Mattrazzo a.k.a. Jim Mattrazzo, Jimmy Mattrazzo and“Shredder” Jim has been playing, performing, and teaching guitar for over 30 years. Practicing up to 9 hrs a day at one point, James Mattrazzo has played in several bands from heavy metal shred, to top 40, from Van Morrison to Van Halen. Jimmy Mattrazzo also has played as a soloist , performing classical and smooth jazz guitar for weddings, art galleries,wine tastings, even Hollywood!
Education – Jim Mattrazzo 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 – James Mattrazzo 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. Jimmy was also awarded in the Marshall Amplification Stun Solo Contest in 1986.
Bourree in E Minor by JS Bach