New York guitarist James Zito’s masterful touch and soulful melodies inspired Artslife Magazine to dub him “The Natural” a reference to Robert Redford’s starring take as the new baseball phenom Roy Hobbs. Born in Orlando, Florida, he is admired both for his authentic approach inspired by Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Rodney Jones and his commitment to his personal, unique voice in Jazz.
Renowned conservatory Manhattan School of Music awarded Zito a scholarship and sparked his move to New York City. He has performed at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and the Caramoor Jazz Festival, along with many of the city’s top venues. He was recently awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend The Juilliard School as a part of their Artist Diploma program. Zito also draws upon his childhood influence of Rock and Gospel music, and his skill as a composer/arranger to engage with the versatile musical landscape in the City.