Guitar/Bass/Mandolin/Banjo/Ukulele – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
James is a multi instrumentalist who has recently moved back to the Detroit area from the east coast and has been teaching music lessons for over 17 years now. At Eastern Michigan James studied classical guitar under Dr. Nelson Amos and went on to finish his music education under Matt Michaels at Wayne State University in the jazz studies program with focus in guitar performance. In addition to guitar James also teaches mandolin, bass, banjo, piano, drums, and has given lessons on tin whistle, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer. You may catch James out and about performing solo, as a sideman, or collaborating with other Detroit songwriters.
Guitar/Mandolin – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
Jason Dennie is a primarily acoustic musician, playing guitar and mandolin, ranging in Americana, Bluegrass, Contemporary Folk, Indie Folk, Singer-Songwriter, and Instrumental Fingerstyle Guitar. Three time CAMMY Winner for Best Folk/Bluegrass Instrumentalist and three time DMA Nominee for Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist. An often used sideman and session player throughout Michigan. Jason carries Artist Endorsements with Taylor Guitars and BRW Instruments. www.jasondennie.com
Guitar/Bass – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
Bruce has taught guitar, music theory, arranging, recording and production for decades. He has performed with jazz bands, theater orchestras, and toured for 15 years nationally in various rock bands during the heyday of blues based rock groups. He studied music at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, and has had the pleasure of attending master classes with great guitarists including Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, and Carlos Montoya.
Bruce spends his time away from teaching at a recording studio working with up and coming original artists as well as established acts. He has three young adult children with his wife of 27 years, Aggie.
Guitar/Bass/Ukulele – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
At the age of 12, Keith’s father purchased his first Fender electric bass so he could perform with his junior high band mates. Self taught, he worked his way up playing with many local rock and original bands. At age 26, Keith switched paths and began studying jazz and bought his first standup bass. He soon began playing at jazz festivals and local venues, such as Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and Bert’s Marketplace with the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Larry Smith, James Carter, Gerald Cleaver and many more. Today Keith is one of the more sought after bassists in the Detroit area. Some of Keith’s influences include Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.