Writing, arranging, producing and performing takes a community of wonderful and diverse talents and resources. We are fortunate to work with some of the best.

Musicians/Accompanists

James Hammel and Friends performs as a duo, trio, quartet, quintet and more, and features jazz, pop, blues, and James' original songs. James works with many fantastic musicians in the Asheville, NC area.

Current Studio Recording Roster for Project Epiphany - Release Date in 2021

Matt Kinne (bass), Mike Rhodes (drums), James Kylen (drums), Alex Taub (piano), Justin Ray (trumpet), Zack Page (bass), Rick Dilling (drums), Paco Shipp (blues harp), Paula Hanke (vocals). A number of these talented musicians also perform with James Hammel & Friends.

Studio Musician Roster for Do It All Over Again and Come Together

Misha Tsiganov (piano) 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.

Steve Sweeting (piano) performed with James in New York City and has worked closely with James as an accompanist and songwriting coach. Steve is truly a gifted song writer.

Dmitri Kolesnik (upright bass) Dima has played with artists such as Sheila Jordan, Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, Lenny White and Billy Taylor.

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) Cook has performed with jazz legends such as Jimmy Scott and Lionel Hampton.

Chris Washburne (trombone) Chris can be heard around New York City with the Syoto Orchestra, an outstanding Latin jazz group he founded.

Ole Mathisen (tenor & soprano sax) He also a member of the Syotto Orchestra with Chris Washburne. Among Ole's many credits are his recordings with legendary bassist, Ron Carter.

Ada Dyer (vocalist) Ada is an amazing soulful talent who performed on Do It All Over Again as well as Come Together. She has performed with greats such as Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Chaka Kahn, Marc Cohn, Judy Collins, Norman Connors, and more.

Matt Wigton (upright bass) Matt is a bassist, composer, and producer who currently resides in Nashville, TN. He played bass on Come Together. He has toured throughout much of the world in his 17 years as a professional musician and has recorded on over 40 records including two of Pamela Rodriguez's Latin Grammy-Nominated records. 

Jonathan Mover (drums) Jonathan is a Grammy-award-winning drummer and was very instrumental in delivering amazing drums and percussion on the Come Together recording. He has performed with a number of great artists including Aretha Franklin, Fuel, Alice Cooper, Shakira, Julian Lennon, GTR, Everlast, The Tubes, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, Steve Howe, Peter Frampton, Oleander, Celine Dion, Elton John, and more.

Creative, Recording, Engineering and Production

Phil Ludwig, Seclusion Hill Studios (producer, recording engineer, musician). Phil is the active lead engineer producing James' original songs to be released shortly. He has distinguished himself over the last thirty years as a top-notch recording engineer and musician who delivers superior sound and provides an easygoing atmosphere that helps artists achieve great performances. He has worked with musicians usch as John Tropea, Carol King, Steve Martin, Kenny Barron, Mike Mainieri, Randy Brecker and many more.

Gennaro Tedesco, Infuse Music Media (producer, recording engineer, musician). Gennaro led the production and creative role in producing the Do It All Over Again project. He also led the productiuon of James' original song Come Together. Gennaro's been in the Music business for over twenty five years and has worked with many great artists such as Rod Stewart, Julio Iglesias, Daryl Hall and Gloria Estefan.

Performance Coaches and Other Resources

Norma Garbo (vocal performance coach).

Dr. Bill Reed (vocal coach) Bill has worked with 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.

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