James Gallardo, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, received his BA in Music (with a Classical Double Bass focus) from California Polytechnic State University in 2017 and has been a professional freelance musician since 2010; primarily working in the state of California.
James' love for music started at an early age (8). After moving from his birth home of Suffern, NY to Los Osos, CA, he quickly developed a naturally gifted ear towards popular music styles: classic rock, contemporary pop, heavy metal, and then later: jazz, classical, electronic and beyond.
After graduating high school, James decided to pursue both a Jazz Studies (AA) and Music Performance (AA) degree at Cuesta Community College from 2008-2014. Later in 2015 he, along with his colleagues Keegan Harshman, Josh and Sean Collins, were awarded best Community College Jazz Combo by Downbeat magazine. In 2016, James was awarded a one-year membership to the Jazz Bass School with John Patitucci through Artist Works. In 2018 James received IMDB movie credit for acting and performing in the film Destination Wedding staring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.
In August of 2018 James, with award winning jazz orchestra arranger/engineer George Stone, produced and completed Green to White's 2nd and final album entitled Technologically Sound. During that same year James joined the band Moonshiner Collective lead by singer songwriter Dan Curcio. In 2019, James left the band after touring and performing shows in California to pursue a new actor/performance role in the show Million Dollar Quartet through San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre & PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre
During the rest of the 2019 year, James will join electric-americana folk ensemble Goodnight, Teaxs to tour in October supporting The Brothers Comatose. James continues to study with new private instructors, and plans to record his debut album soon. He currently manages and books artists and musicians to perform through a non-profit music venue located in Baywood Park-Los Osos California entitled Groove Street. In the future, James will relocate temporarily or permanently to further his studies in pursuit for a Masters Degree in Music.
Photography by: Brad A. Hackleman