James has and continues to work closely with a number of outstanding directors, performance coaches, musicians, recording professionals, and songwriters.
James Hammel and Friends (performing trio or quartet featuring jazz, pop, blues, and James' original songs) James enjoys performing with The James Hammel Trio which includes James (vocals and guitar), Mike Guzalak (saxophone and clarinet), and Lateris Aferondii (African percussion). Mike Guzalak is an established horn player in the Asheville, NC area and has been solid performer for more than 15 years with gypsy jazz powerhouse, One Leg Up. Lateris Aferondii has performed African percussion around the world. He has worked with many different types of genres (jazz, pop, reggae, progressive rock, and more) as well as artists including Jody Edwards, Greg Lilley, Nick Shaw. Bands include Chandra Das Trio, Avant Garde Jazz, Tranzend Band Reggae and Soul, Josey Wails Band Rock, Blues Country, and Mosart Band Rock Band. The combination of these talents makes James Hammel and Friends an outstanding show for all with a tremendous variety of great music.
Daryl Kojak (piano & music direction) Has worked closely with James and performed at private events as well as club venues. He has worked on the New York music scene for more than thirty years as a pianist, producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and musical director. The musical genres and styles of his extensive recording experience include jazz, classical, blues, rock, R&B, pop, new age and musical theatre. An accomplished and widely diverse composer, Daryl has created and scored music for film, television, stage, artist’s recordings and video games. He has also worked closely with many of New York's top Cabaret artists.
Misha Tsiganov (piano) worked closely with James on his CD and his piano playing appears on ten songs along with synthesizer and Hammond B3 organ. His touch on the jazz songs and his play on Spain/Fragile, Every Breath You Take and Do It All Over Again are truly noteworthy. Over the past 10 years, Misha has performed and recorded with musicians such as Gary Bartz, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Chambers, Richie Cole, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Dave Valentine and Ray Vega. He was also the featured pianist on the Nickolodean TV cartoon Little Bill. Misha's identifiable piano sounds are also featured in Paramount Pictures/Viacom's Little Bill videos.
Steve Sweeting (piano) performed with James in New York City and has worked closely with James as an accompanist and songwriting coach. Steve is an amazing and gifted song writer.
Dmitri Kolesnik (upright bass) performed on many of the songs on James' CD. Dima has also performed live with James in New York City and at private events. He has played with artists such as Sheila Jordan, Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, Lenny White and Billy Taylor. Visit Dmitri's web site here.
Nick Lazarev (electric bass) Nick's artistry, feel and talent on the electric bass are unmatched. Nick has played with Larry Coryell, Dean Brown, Vic Juris and Ron Afiff to name a few.
Abe Fogle (drums) performed with James in New York City and is the drummer on the jazz arrangements on James CD. Abe is an accomplished drummer and musician, and has performed with artists such as Alex Bugnon, KC andThe Sunshine, and Kool and The Gang.
Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax (drums) has performed with James at various private events and at James' cabaret debut. He is also a regular with jazz legend Jimmy Scott and has performed with Lionel Hampton.
Chris Washburne (trombone) performed on James' CD and can be heard around New York City with the Syoto Orchestra, an outstanding Latin jazz group he founded. Visit Chris' web site.
Ole Mathisen (tenor & soprano sax) Ole might be considered one of the finest sax talents. He performed with James on many occasions and his solos are well represented on James' recordings. He also a member of the Syotto Orchestra with Chris Washburne. Among Ole's many credits are his recordings with legendary bassist, Ron Carter.
Directors, Performance Coaches and Other Resources
Lina Koutrakos (singer/songwriter and director) Lina has an incredibe docier of performance skills from jazz to cabaret to Southern rock. She also leads a rock/blues band featuring her award winning original material. Her work as director is featured through many rave reviewed talented soloists and has won her almost as many awards as her singing has! Lina directed James' cabaret debut One Step Forward at the Metropolitan Room.
Norma Garbo (vocal performance coach) works with James on applying critical vocal approaches to different styles of music and delivering live performances.
Dr. Bill Reed (vocal coach)Bill was onbe of James' original coahes who inspired him to sing. He worked closely with James on vocal technique and song interpretationfor many years. Bill's work has been transformational for James and hundreds of successful vocalists including award winning Grammy and Tony artists.
Kimberly Vaughn (performance coach) is a 3-time Tony Award nominated Broadway producer, teacher, director, dramaturge, Broadway performer,and is passionately committed to the creative art of storytelling. Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio's teaches ongoing classes in musical performance audition technique, monologue and scene script interpretation, and conducts master classes with industry leaders. Kimberly's work with James has been life changing.
Jen Greenwald(photographer) is the photographer for the cover shot on James' CD as well as shots shown on the web site home page as well as under Events, Partners and Contact.
Creative, Recording, Production
Gennaro Tedesco (producer, recording engineer, vocalist, guitarist). Gennaro led the creative role in producing Do It All Over Again with James. He also led the productiuon of James' original song Come Together. He is also performing as a background vocalist, guitarist and percussionist on several of James' arrangements.
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