I am a guitarist and guitar teacher in the Dayton, Ohio area. I play Pop, Rock, Jazz, and other styles of American music. I grew up in Mt.Orab, Ohio about 40 miles outside of Cincinnati. Most of the music that I was exposed to was classic rock, country, gospel, and bluegrass. I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old in 1979. I had a teacher named Lloyd Hazelbaker when I was 13 and he was a western swing steel guitarist. He told me that I was going to be a jazz guitarist but I had no idea what jazz was. He went on to teach me a lot of old standards like "the Autumn Leaves".
Later, when I was 19, I decided to go to college for music. I went to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and studied with Phil Willis. Then I studied with James E. Smith at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio near Dayton. Then I started teaching and performing through out the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas.
I then found out about the Berklee Online school and started my classes in the winter of 2009 and finished my Specialist Certificate in Advanced Guitar in May, 2009. In 2015 I returned to Central State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.
I have performed at most of the establishments in the Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio area including the Schuster Center, the Victoria Theater, Pacchia restaurant, the Nite Owl, Jazz Central, and the Brown Dog Cafe. I have also played at the Guitar Fest in Centerville, Ohio and at the Lancaster Festival.
I have recorded many songs that are available for listening at my website http://www.jamesmurrellgtr.com. I post new songs also at jamiemurrell.bandcamp.com.