James Gedeon At Restaurant Serenade
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Upon arriving in New York as a graduate student in the late 1980s, James Gedeon immediately began honing his craft in the Greenwich Village music scene in storied venues like The Village Gate, The Back Fence and The Red Lion. By the mid 90s, James had developed a reputation as a singer and songwriter able to make even individuals in the farthest reaches of a venue feel as though they were right up front.
James has since performed at New York’s famed LeCirque; The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center and The Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom where he was part of the opening band for Dan Aykroyd and the Blues Brothers at The Alzheimer’s Foundation annual fundraiser. He has also been able to take his music to areas outside of New York, having performed in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian; The Harvard Club in Boston; in West Virginia at the renowned Greenbrier Resort; the Rocky Mountain resort of Flathead Lake in Kalispell, Montana; Mauna Kea Resort in Kailua Kona, Hawaii; The Ocean Club (twice) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and he even performed for the King and Queen at the Royal Palace in Morocco.
James has also taken the stage at Pebble Beach Golf Club in California with New York’s acclaimed Stingers Band (a gig that had James providing an acoustic opening set for comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s performance to an audience that included Clint Eastwood). In addition, he’s opened for America, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jay Leno, Dana Carvey and Livingston Taylor. He has also performed with guitarists Oz Noy and Bernie Williams, drummers Dave Weckl and Steve Holley, sax man Mark Rivera (Billy Joel, Ringo Starr, Foreigner) and shared the stage at a private event in Vermont with Harry Connick, Jr.
James also performed at the wedding of radio personality Howard Stern. During the ceremony, James accompanied Dixie Chick Natalie Maines on the couple’s wedding song, and followed that up by performing 3 duets with music icon Billy Joel. Later that same night, as a member of the house band, James backed up Phoebe Snow in addition to Pat Monahan of Train on the band’s hits “Calling All Angels” and “Drops of Jupiter”.
In 2016, James appeared as a finalist and was chosen as the winner of the 19 and over category in “Morristown OnStage” at the Mayo Performing Arts Center for his rendition of James Taylor’s “Shower The People” in front of a packed house of 1,300 people. That performance led to Gedeon opening for the iconic band “America” at an April 2016 concert at a sold-out MPAC in Morristown, a show at which James received rave reviews from the audience, and from America. The Spring of 2017 had James on the road to Nashville for the first of several visits there to develop collaborative relationships with other songwriters from Music City.
James released his second album “My Saving Grace” in 2017 and “Might As Well Be Me“ from the album was nominated for Recording of The Year by the Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI). He has also been chosen as one of the featured songwriters to perform at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, TN in August 2018. In the meantime, Gedeon continues to pursue his music with the same passion that drove him during his early performances in Greenwhich Village more than 25 years ago.
Some of James’ most notable music clients have included ESPN Radio, Life Project For Africa, CNN, WPLJ, 77WABC in New York and The New York Jets