James Woolwine is an accomplished solo pianist and acoustic guitar player. Beginning his studies at the age of 7 under acclaimed pianist Carolyn Victorine, James went on to earn the RVMTA merit scholarship in 1999 and 2000, and advance to the finals of the 1999 Virginia Lion's Club music competition. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2004, James has proven himself to be a versatile performer, playing for: rock band GB3, metal band Acrasjia, contemporary violinist Tai Cheri, gospel production Spigospera, and the musicals "Godspell" and "Seussical". This diverse background continues to carry over into James' solo concerts, where multiple styles of music rub together. Among his numerous solo performances was the prestigious "Greene Memorial Fine Arts Series" in Roanoke, Virgina; and 2 separate appearances at the "Music at St. Margaret's Concert Series" in Annapolis, Maryland.
Since joining Gigmasters in 2009 James has become an in-demand solo performer for weddings and all manner of private functions.
As a pianist James strives to offer his clients a wide variety of the music they love at a reasonable price. He maintains a well-known repertoire of Classical, Jazz, and Pop/Rock music. If you are unsure what music will be most appropriate for your event, or just want a nice mix, James will be able to play something you'll enjoy. He's also delighted many clients with his willingness to learn new, and often non-traditional songs, upon request. No music is off limits. If you want it, he'll figure out how to play it for you. He is always happy to bring his own keyboard if a piano is not available on-site.
As a solo acoustic guitarist James maintains a small mixed repertoire of original, Classical, and contemporary fingerstyle music. (His Gigmasters song list is for piano. He maintains a separate guitar repertoire not listed here). Many of his pieces are not very well-known, but they are all very appropriate for background ambiance, and weddings especially. Past clients have been pleasantly surprised with the music he's provided. Furthermore, he is as happy to learn new guitar music as with piano. He transitions seamlessly between fingerstyle and flatpicking, and often incorporates a looping pedal to create amazing sonic textures. People who are looking for incredible guitar music will appreciate James' talents.
For clients wondering if James is Classical guitarist, he likes to reply that it depends on their definition of "Classical". Traditional Classical guitarists play with their fingers on nylon-stringed instruments. He plays the same repertoire they do with his fingers on a steel-stringed instrument. The only difference is in the sound/tone of the strings. For clients who are unfamiliar with the differences, James can provide them with musical samples to make comparisons and determine their personal preference.
For clients wondering if James sings, the answer is "sometimes, if requested". James' specialty is instrumental music. He is not an experienced singer, but he is working to improve that. If a client wants to request a vocal song James will direct them to his personal website. There they can hear samples of his singing and decide for themselves if it is to their liking.
James can provide organized repertoire lists for piano and guitar.
"Working with James for my wedding cocktail hour was great. He was very prompt and professional in his response to my messages. Just speaking with him a few times gave me the utmost confidence that he would deliver a fantastic performance, which he did. James really set the tone for an elegant evening. He will come highly recommended to my peers in search of musical talent for any event." - Dan D.
"I was very happy with your performance at my daughter's wedding. My family and friends enjoyed the music you chose as well as your piano skills. Your playing added to the festivities of the evening. We would certainly hire you again if the occasion arises." - Jane B.
"When our booked pianist disappeared a week before our wedding, I started to go into panic mode. Thanks goodness James came to the rescue. Not only was he available to help us on such short notice, he did the most wonderful job playing a varied selection of music to appeal to our guests. I would highly recommend James for any special occasion." - Caitlin B.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
"Wedding March" from LohengrinWagner
2nd Concerto themeRachmaninoff
A Moment Like ThisKelly Clarkson
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley SquareSherwin
Air (from Water Music)Handel
All For LoveBryan Adams
All I Ask of YouWeber
An Old Love StoryMacdowell
Ave Verum CorpusMozart
Be Thou My Visiontraditional
Broken RoadRascal Flatts
Canon in DPachelbel
Clair De LuneDebussy
Day at the BeachSatriani
Don't Get Around Much AnymoreEllington
Don't SpeakNo Doubt
Don't Stop BelievingJourney
Down by the Salley GardensHughes
EdelweissRodgers and Hammerstein
Etude in D MinorLiszt
Every Time We Say GoodbyePorter
Everybody Wants To Be A Catfrom "Aristocats"
Everything I Do (I Do It For You)Bryan Adams
Fire and RainJames Taylor
Forrest Gump themeSilvestri
From This Moment OnShania Twain
Glory of LovePeter Cetera
Gone With the Wind themeSteiner
Got To Get You Into My LifeThe Beatles
Happier Than The Morning SunStevie Wonder
Hello, GoodbyeThe Beatles
Hey JudeThe Beatles
I Don't Wanna Miss a ThingAerosmith
I Get a Kick Out of YouPorter
I Knew I Loved YouSavage Garden
I SwearAll 4 One
I'll Be Edwin McCain
I'll Be Home for ChristmasGannon
I'll Get ByAhlert
I'll Never Smile AgainLowe
I'm Kissing YouDes'ree
Ice Castles themeHamlisch
It Could Happen to YouVan Heusen
It Had to be YouHarry Connick Jr.
It's Been A Long TimeStyne
Jerusalem hymn Parry
Jesu, Joy of Man's DesiringBach
Jurassic Park themeWilliams
Lord, You Have Come (Pescador de Hombres)Gabarain
Love SongAdele version
Love Story themeLai
love theme from Romeo and JulietRota
Mairzy Doats (mp3 available)Drake
Masterpiece Theater theme
Me and YouKenny Chesney
Minuet in EScarlatti
Moonlight Becomes You (mp3 available)Van Heusen
Moonlight in VermontBlackburn
Music of the NightWeber
My Heart Will Go OnCeline Dion
My PrayerThe Platters
Norwegian WoodThe Beatles
Nothing's Gonna Change My LoveGlenn Medeiros
Ode to JoyBeethoven
On My OwnSchonberg
One Bread One BodyJohn Foley
Piano ManBilly Joel
Prelude in C (Ave Maria)Bach
Prelude in DBach
Prelude in GBach
Rolling in the DeepAdele
Send in the ClownsSondheim
She Will Be LovedMaroon 5
Sheep May Safely GrazeBach
Softly Awakes My Heart (Samson & Delilah)Saint Saens
Somewhere Over the RainbowGarland
Sonata in CMozart
Take My Breath AwayBerlin
Teenage DreamKaty Perry
The Girl From IpanemaJobim
The Lark in the Clear AirFerguson
The Lord's PrayerMalotte
The Nearness of YouCarmichael
The Piano themeNyman
The SwanSaint Saens
The VoidFiona Joy Hawkins
The Way I AmIngrid Michaelson
The Wearing of the GreenBoucicault
Tiny DancerElton John
To A Wild RoseMacDowell
Use SomebodyKings of Leon
When A Man Loves A WomanMichael Bolton
When You Say You Love MeJosh Groban
Whenever I See Your Smiling FaceJames Taylor
You are the Sunshine of My Life (mp3 available)Stevie Wonder
I am not influenced by specific artists or performers, but rather by great music in general. I love a well-crafted melody, whether it's a Classical hymn or a modern Pop song. Most importantly, I want to play what makes my clients happy.
in Boston, MA
James was wonderful at the wedding. I had two special requests for the procession and the recessional. James already new the Beethoven 'Pathetique' piece I wanted, and he said that he was happy to find and learn 'Jerusalem' by Hubert Parry. He charged a nominal fee for buying and learning the latter piece, which I appreciated greatly.
The guests thought that he played beautifully, and really added to the atmosphere of the ceremony. Thanks James!
- Alison F.
in Woburn, MA
"This is the 2nd year we've hired James & have been very pleased. We look forward to continuing the relationship."
- Rebecca I.
in Falmouth, MA
"We were happy with James. He went out of his way to learn extra songs to accomdate our mass and brought his own keyboard when what we thought was a piano turned out to be an organ. Overall we were very happy with James and feel comfortable recommending him."
- John J.
in Lowell, MA
- Samantha F.
in Jaffrey, NH
"James arrived early to the event, giving ample time to get ready. He needed little guidance and performed well for our wedding ceremony. We would recommend him for other events!"
- Haley G.
in Nashua, NH
"James was easy to work with. As a clasical pianist he graciously agreed to play Elton John and James Taylor songs for us. He arrived on time and worked with an out-of-tune piano being a pro that he was. His music enhanced our rehearsal dinner. I would recommend him to anyone."
In addition to Monterey, James Woolwine will also travel to Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Seaside, Marina, Carmel Valley, Salinas, Castroville, Moss Landing, Watsonville, Freedom, Aromas, Aptos, San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz, Chualar, Capitola, Gonzales, Soquel, Big Sur
and many other locations in and around the Monterey area.
was rated an average of 5.0 stars out of
21 GigMasters clients.
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