Voted Best Instrumentalist of Atlanta for 2019 by Creative Loafing readers!
I play solo baritone guitar. The baritone guitar is lower in pitch than a regular guitar and has a rich, warm tone that is both relaxing and pleasing to the ear. The mellow, jazzy arrangements I perform on the baritone guitar provide excellent background music for receptions, cocktail parties, dinner parties, etc.
I have been playing guitar for over 25 years. With over twenty years of experience in the entertainment field, I have a confident understanding of what it means to be professional. I have toured and played in venues stretching across the continental United States and as a result, I have developed a relaxed, comfortable manner of interacting with people, both as clients and as audience members. My song list is long and varied, including many familiar melodies from a wide range of eras. I have performed as a solo act and as a bandleader in venues ranging from 30 seat establishments to festivals with audiences of over 1000 people. In short, I know what it means to be an accommodating, reliable entertainer who can ensure that your event will be a charming, memorable, and pleasant affair.
I prefer to arrive for engagements at least an hour ahead of time to set up and be ready to go at the established start time. My equipment is extremely minimal (one amplifier, one guitar) and I require very little space in which to setup. Once the performance begins at the appropriate time, I provide an easy-going, musical backdrop which can start and stop as per the clients’ wishes (if there may are announcements, toasts, speeches, etc. I can easily adapt to this and simply be cued to start and stop accordingly). Depending on the length of the engagement, I require very few breaks. The music and sound I make is meant to enhance the clients’ event, not override, distract, or disturb and so, my volume level is always set according the wishes of the client and can be brought down to a very low level if necessary. I enjoy performing and so I tend to play one song after the other in rapid succession with no dawdling or gaps between songs
99 Red Balloons – NinaAin’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin After You’ve Gone All I Have To Do Is Dream – Everly Brothers Arrivederci Roma Band On The Run – Wings Big Girls Don’t Cry – Frankie Valli Billie Jean – Michael Jackson By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Glen Campbell Calcutta – Lawrence Welk Call Me Canadian Sunset Catch A Falling Star – Perry Como Clocks – Coldplay Cruel Summer – Bananarama Cuddle Up A Little Closer Dance With Me – Orleans Daydream – Lovin Spoonful Desafinado – Antonio Carlos Jobim Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind – Lovin Spoonful Dinner For One Please James Do You Know The Way to San Jose – Burt Bacharach Don’t Ask Me Why – Billy Joel Escapade – Janet Jackson Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears Everyday – Buddy Holly Feel Like Makin Love – Roberta Flack Fine and Dandy Flinstones, The Frenesi From Me to You – The Beatles Girl From Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim Give Me The Night – George Benson Got To Get You Into My Life – The Beatles Grease – Frankie Valli Hit The Road To Dreamland – Johnny Mercer Holding Back The Years – Simply Red How Long – Ace I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson I’ll Follow The Sun – The Beatles In A Little Spanish Town Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Just the Two of Us – Bill Withers Kyrie – Mister Mister Laughter in the Rain – Neil Sedaka Let ‘Em In – Wings Listen to What the Man Said – Wings Lookin Out My Back Door – CCR Love is Here to Stay Magic Moments – Perry Como Man and A Woman, A – Francis Lai Manic Monday – The Bangles Material Girl – Madonna Message In A Bottle – The Police Midnight At The Oasis – Maria Muldaur Mr. Sandman Monday Monday – The Mamas and The Papas Moonglow Moonlight in Vermont Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase Morning Train (Nine to Five) – Sheena Easton Music To Watch Girls By My Life – Billy Joel My Little Boat (O Barquinho) Never On Sunday Old Cape Cod – Patti Page Old Devil Moon On A Little Street In Singapore On And On – Stephen Bishop Ooo Ooo Baby – Smokey Robinson Overkill – Men At Work Pocketful Of Rainbows – Elvis Presley Proud Mary – CCR Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Burt Bacharach Red Sails In The Sunset Reminiscing – Little River Band Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale San Fernando Valley – Bing Crosby Sentimental Lady – Bob Welch Sesame Street Theme Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny So Danca Samba – Something About You – Level 42 S’posin’ Stompin at the Savoy Stormy – The Classic IV Summer In The City – Lovin Spoonful Sunny – Bobby Hebb Take On Me – A-Ha Tenderly There’s A Kind Of Hush – Herman’s Hermits Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones Undun – The Guess Who Unpack Your Adjectives – Schoolhouse Rock Vacation – The Go-Go’s Wake The Town and Tell The People – Les Baxter Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles Walk On By – Burt Bacharach Walking My Baby Back Home – We’re In This Love Together – Al Jarreau Welcome Back Kotter – John Sebastian Where The Boys Are – Connie Francis With A Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Leo Sayer You May Be Right – Billy Joel You’ll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine) – Lou Rawls
Alex was spectacular! He arrived on time, well dressed and performed brilliantly. His approach to solo guitar is amazing, playing very full arrangements (bass line, chords, melody line and percussion sounds) all coming out of his baritone guitar. When watching him it is hard to reconcile the economy of motion of his hands with what your ears are hearing. MANY attendees at the event came over to me to comment on how much they enjoyed Alex’s playing. On the scale of 1 to 5 stars he really needs about 8. It would be impossible for me to recommend him any higher.
— Mark S