Jim Dragoni is a composer and guitarist. His performance areas include blues, traditional jazz, and original music. His music has received airplay in Europe as well as in the United States. He has been recognized for years on the East Coast as an artist, teacher, performer, producer and musical technologist.
...his compositional skills far surpass many of his contemporaries --Ed Wismer, Cape May Star
Sometimes it rocks, sometimes it swings, sometimes it is pure sweet poetry --Steve Lopez of the Philadelphia Inquirer
Jim's ensemble playing and original compositions are superb... --Gerry Givnish, the Painted Bride Arts Center
...soulful rhythm with strong guitar riffs and an intense solo from Jim Dragoni Steve Randazzo, Germantown Courier, reference to recording Worlds on Gazelle Records
Exciting performance...it was a gas! --Jenneth Webster, Lincoln Center.
Check out his technique, the effortless speed...has thoroughly mastered his instrument...it would seem there's not much more for him learn about his craft --Jack Lloyd, in feature article, the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Willing to teach:
Having spent years studying in academia, as well as with one of the world's great music teachers, Jim has developed a comprehensive and creative approach to teaching the guitar and bass guitar. The guitar is taught in a way that encourages beginners and intermediate students to fully master the instrument Chord families, scales, intervals, arpeggios, melody and chords and multiple fingering possibilities are provided so that position principles are understood. Beyond mastery of the instrument, harmonic compositional devices are given on an individual basis that will give the musician a vocabulary to express unique ideas. Many players just recycle 'riffs' that were learned from imitation Individuality is lost. Compositional vocabulary is the remedy for this and introduced in the intermediate levels. Other areas of instruction:
- Use of computers for composition and production
- Self Promotion--creating press interest
- Web development as a promotional tool
8611 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118