I was born and raised in Lowell, MA. At an early age, I showed an interest in music, particularly Big Band (Swing), 1950s Rock n’ Roll and 1960s Soul. When I was around 5 or 6 years old, I asked my parents for guitar lessons (so I could play Elvis songs). I began guitar classes with a local Jazz musician and also developed an interest in drums.
By the time I was in junior high, I was playing, guitar, bass, and studying drums with a professional percussionist.
During high school, I was a member of the Concert, Marching, and Jazz Bands. For my dedication and enthusiasm, I was presented with the “Green and Gold Award” which represented the highest achievement in participation and performance.
It was during this time, that I had the honor to meet and talk with my drum hero, Buddy Rich. (see story here: http://www.vicfirth.com/50/fans/james_gaudette.php)
After high school, I began music studies at the University of Lowell and Northern Essex Community College.
At that juncture of my life, I was craving more music knowledge and experience than traditional schooling could offer. I joined many bands, performed, traveled and gathered as much music information my brain could store.
I was lucky enough to meet or even share the stage with some of my music idols. It was during these talks I would often ask for advice or a demonstration of a particular lick or technique (don’t forget YouTube didn’t exist then!). It was a humbling experience just to be in the presence of these amazing musicians (Brian Setzer, Larry Coryell, Dick Dale, Johnny Cash, B.B. King…just to name a few).
Over the next many years of my life, I studied and performed intensely in the genres I specialize in (Jazz, Blues, Rockabilly, and Surf).
I also have been a “freelance” musician. Several artists have made use of my strong songwriting, composing and arranging abilities.
Varying instruments as required, I regularly substitute for and/or have become a permanent member of many professional Boston/New England-based bands.
In addition to my own professional music and instruction services, I teach guitar, electric bass and drums at New City Music Studio in Hudson MA http://www.facebook.com/newcitymusicstudio
I like to keep my music technique and knowledge up to date by studying with master musicians, attending /hosting specialized music seminars, and of course performing as much as possible!
I am always in search of learning and challenging myself in old and new styles of music
In conclusion, I am very grateful and thankful for my family, mentors, teachers, colleagues, students and fans for their support to realize my dream of being a professional musician!