If you're looking to hire a solo guitarist for your wedding, event or party, then look no further! Dennis has over 20 years of experience and a Bachelor of Music. Dennis serves Portland, Seattle and surrounding areas. He performs regularly at corporate events, weddings, private parties, lounges, wine bars, restaurants and festivals. He has performed for events in venues such as the Silver Legacy Resort Casino (Reno, NV), Benson Hotel, McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center, the Seattle Aquarium, Hilton Portland, University of Washington, Argosy Cruises, VIRGINIA V Historic Ship and Antioch University. Dennis has had the honor of performing for distinguished clients such as former Oregon Senator Rick Metsger, Seattle City Council member (ret.) Jan Drago, Tacoma Mayorial Candidate Jim Merritt, Intel and Hewlett-Packard.
Dennis is primarily a jazz guitarist, but he also plays some adult contemporary and sophisticated pop favorites from artists such as Sting and Seal. For weddings, Dennis can play traditional wedding music or learn requests (any genre) Dennis' music has been described as "upbeat, seductive and relaxing" and clients can expect quality, memorable experiences. Dennis also composes, arranges, teaches guitar privately and presents jazz guitar clinics.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Music (jazz guitar performance) from Cornish College of the Arts. As a Cornish student, Dennis studied with notable jazz artists such as Chuck Deardorf, Dawn Clement, Julian Priester and Jovino Santos Neto. Dennis earned multiple talent-based scholarships and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
There are several unique aspects of Dennis' playing that set him apart. A fingerstylist, Dennis has a gorgeous tone and he plays the seven-string guitar. Dennis has a strong harmonic sense and his voicings are unique among guitarists. His ability to combine melodies, chords and bass lines makes Dennis a perfect fit for intimate solo performances. His playing style is very lyrical and his sound is warm and engaging. Dennis' music works great as background ambience and also as a main attraction. Please contact Dennis for availability and quotes. References are available on request.
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
THIS CAN'T BE LOVE
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA
CHEGA DE SAUDADE
SLOW HOT WIND
Winter Of My Life