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James has studied many genres to create his sound. Genres like Jazz, Fusion, Classical, and Gospel heavily influenced and has given him a diverse background as an instrumentalist, recording artist, and music instructor. James has been performing in NYC for almost a decade which has led to recording sessions for Ray Ban, A Free Bird NPO, and Velveteen ensemble. James has recorded Guitar, Bass, Piano, and Drums on his own upcoming EP, as well as projects previously mentioned. James also has been teaching students Music in the class room and by private lessons. Contact James Renna for Lessons, Sessions, or Performance work. 

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Born in Queens, NY, James Renna has been playing guitar since age 15. James has studied many genres to create his sound. Genres like Jazz, Fusion, Classical, and Gospel heavily influenced him to be a great instrumentalist, recording artist, and music instructor. James' primary instrument is guitar, but he is also a competent bassist, drummer, pianist, and vocalist. 


James has been performing in NYC for almost a decade. He has worked with all kinds of artists and some of the finest musicians the city has to offer. He is currently finishing a performance B.A. at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. James has had the pleasure of playing along side and studying with Lars Frandsen, Arturo O'Farrill, and Rudresh Mahanthappa. 

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Although his focus is primarily session and performance, James has composed, arranged, and recorded for films, commercials, and non profit organizations. James has collaborated with Wayne Cohen, Jeet Paul, Mavis Pan, and pastor David Wright and the New York fellowship mass choir.