As a composer, Jim has written numerous pieces for solo guitar
and various instrumental combinations. He contributed six pieces
to Mel Bay's Contemporary Anthology of Solo Guitar Music for
Five Fingers of the Right Hand (2009), edited by Charles Postlewate,
and in 2010 Jim began publishing solo guitar works through Les
Productions d'OZ, based in Quebec, Canada. Through Les Productions
d'OZ, he has released 12 Simple Jazzy Studies, "Cirque
du Soul," "Lady Di," "Requiem For A Fallen
Artist," Film Noir—Four Scenes, Four Monsters,
"Winedark Sea," Jazzotica, and 12 Semi-Simple
music is featured on three solo CDs—Cedar & Silver
(2004), Moonstone (2009), and 24 Jazzy Studies (2015)—which reflect classical,
jazz, world, and other influences. Jim's music has been included
in PBS, A&E, and ABC programming, and he has appeared on National
Public Radio's Weekend Edition and performed in the U.S.
A noted educator, Jim has lectured and taught at California universities
and colleges for over 25 years, and has taught privately for over
40 years. He has written several acclaimed jazz guitar instructional
books, including All Blues For Jazz Guitar; All Blues
Soloing For Jazz Guitar; All Blues Scale For Jazz Guitar;
All Solos & Grooves For Jazz Guitar; All Intros
& Endings For Jazz Guitar; Shapes, Patterns
& Lines For Jazz Guitar; and Comping Standards For
Jazz Guitar. He penned the instructional column Fundamental
Perspectives for Great Britian's Classical Guitar Magazine,
and was the editor of several volumes published by Guitar Solo
Publications of San Francisco, including F. Moreno-Torroba's Castles
Of Spain and an instructional series devoted to the studies
of Leo Brouwer, Fernando Sor, and Matteo Carcassi.
Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio, and began playing the guitar when
he was 15. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College
in Oakland, California, and studied with George Barnes, Red Varner,
Lenny Breau, Jose Rey de la Torre, and David Tanenbaum. Jim resides
in Santa Cruz, California.
Jim, his books, and his music continue
to receive accolades. For a sampling of review comments, honors,
and awards, please see Reviews.
Want to take your playing to the
next level? Jim can help. He teaches jazz, classical guitar, and composition, and is available for private lessons
in Santa Cruz, California, or live via Skype to anywhere in the
world. For more details, see Lessons.
Jim is also available for seminars and performances—see
Bookings: Workshops and Bookings:
Solo Guitar for more information.
Jim's music has been used in a wide
variety of media, including PBS, A&E, and ABC programming.
All of Jim's original music (Moonstone, Cedar
& Silver, 24 Jazzy Studies, and various solo
tracks) is available for licensing for television, film, radio,
and the Internet. For more information or to obtain a license,