Studio Alum Rock

187 Talmadge Avenue

San Jose, CA 95127

Music Village

2971 Union Ave (at Foxworthy Ave)

San Jose, CA 95124

Park Avenue Music center

1717 Park Avenue

San Jose. CA 95126



James began guitar instruction at age 8. At 14 years old he studied electric jazz guitar under the tutelage of Ron Veliz and Dave Costa at Guitar Showcase Music Institute. Forming a band in high school and playing his first professional gig at 16 years old. The repertoire included originals and songs by Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Doobie Brothers and others of the era. As a senior at James Lick High he was elected to teach the group guitar class. In 1977. As a University of California San Diego music major, James studied sight singing and orchestration while performing with cover group Ocean.

Returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, James joined soul/dance band, Midas Touch and toured the Northwest and Canada. The group evolved into an original act named Life on Earth. With the cooperation of great musicians, he co-wrote and produced the groups first album entitled “There Is...”. In 1982 he joined ASCAP and established Time Designs Music Publishing. Gaining valuable experience he has continued performing with various groups.

As a veteran of the Bay Area music scene, James is grateful to continue to participate in many facets of the music arts and is currently recording and performing with a new band, Buz Bus.

Beginning to play at an early age gives James the insight into the challenge of learning an instrument. Though frustrating at times you still need to enjoy the experience of creating music. One of his motto's is, “Don't practice, play!”. If you love to play, you will play better!

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