James Sloan



From the beginning of his life, James has been surrounded by music. His father, Gary “Alaska” Sloan started the first blues band in Alaska in the early sixties, and during James’ early childhood brought famous players including Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and more to Alaska for concerts. James and his identical twin brother began playing music in their teens; from their close musical relationship James has developed a respect for identifying and fostering one’s personal musical personality.

For over ten years James has regularly gigged, recorded, and composed with groups performing jazz, rock, pop, bossa nova, avant-garde, funk, blues, and more. James is accomplished on the guitar, bass, and saxophone and also plays drums, melodica, and keyboards, providing him a broad musical perspective and sense of role and group dynamics. James has played in jazz ensembles at the University of Arkansas and the University of Washington. He taught private guitar and music theory throughout college, and additionally has extensive classroom and one-on-one experience teaching physics en route to his Ph.D. in physics (in progress). His love of music, joy of teaching, and patience via empathy with students makes him an effective and personable instructor.

James is seeking new students at any stage of development on guitar and students that are either new to jazz or seeking to increase their knowledge of jazz harmony or desire to improve their playing in jazz idioms.





James Sloan



From the beginning of his life, James has been surrounded by music. His father, Gary “Alaska” Sloan started the first blues band in Alaska in the early sixties, and during James’ early childhood brought famous players including Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and more to Alaska for concerts. James and his identical twin brother began playing music in their teens; from their close musical relationship James has developed a respect for identifying and fostering one’s personal musical personality.

For over ten years James has regularly gigged, recorded, and composed with groups performing jazz, rock, pop, bossa nova, avant-garde, funk, blues, and more. James is accomplished on the guitar, bass, and saxophone and also plays drums, melodica, and keyboards, providing him a broad musical perspective and sense of role and group dynamics. James has played in jazz ensembles at the University of Arkansas and the University of Washington. He taught private guitar and music theory throughout college, and additionally has extensive classroom and one-on-one experience teaching physics en route to his Ph.D. in physics (in progress). His love of music, joy of teaching, and patience via empathy with students makes him an effective and personable instructor.

James is seeking new students at any stage of development on guitar and students that are either new to jazz or seeking to increase their knowledge of jazz harmony or desire to improve their playing in jazz idioms.