Meet Our instructor
Jordan Hudson - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Teaching since: 2002
Education: University of North Texas
Jordan Hudson has been teaching guitar at Memorial Music since 2002. He studied music theory at the University of North Texas and has been playing guitar for over 20 years. Jordan has played in local bands for the past 10 years and his own rock/blues band, Buffalo Bayou has several recordings to their credit on their album released in 2010, featuring original music that he composed and collaborated on.
He is proficient in a number of styles including rock, blues, pop, jazz, country, folk, finger-style, and contemporary praise and worship. His popularity as a teacher is tremendous, due to his exceptional ability to communicate and demonstrate musical concepts and techniques, instructing and tailoring the lessons for the individual’s needs and goals. Whether you want to learn specific songs, learn to perform, music theory, composition, site reading or acquire a certain style, Jordan is an excellent teacher and mentor of students of all ages and all levels of playing.
Bill Allison - Guitar, Bass, Banjo
Teaching since: 2005
Education: North Texas University
Bill Allison, a professional musician since 1986 and a graduate of North Texas University teaches guitar, bass, banjo and harmonica. He began his teaching career at Houston’s House of Guitars, where he taught until 2005 when he began teaching at Memorial Music. In addition to teaching, Bill has collaborated with many professional bands and musicians, appearing as a guest artist and composing music for filmed performances of well known bands - (see youtube videos: “Sonny Boy Terry 95“ with Bill as a featured guitarist and “Sonny Boy Terry at The Artery” where Bill is the bassist).
Bill is also featured guitarist and co-writer on several tracks of the Sonny Boy Terry CD: Breakfast Dance. He appeared in the book Texas Blues by Alan Govenar. Bill is also a featured guitarist on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Double Bayou by Heather Kolb, who also directed the documentary film Third Ward Blues. He is fluent in several musical styles including rock, blues, slide, country, bluegrass, gospel, contemporary praise and worship, acoustic finger-style, classical and flamenco. His teaching emphasizes a strong foundation encompassing technique, theory, reading, ear training and the fundamentals of performing. He brings his great talent and vast experience to the classroom and is a well-qualified mentor of students aspiring to learn all they can about playing and performance.
Bill Solley - Guitar, Bass
Education: BA in Classical guitar performance from the University of New Orleans 1980
Winner of the “Louis Panzera scholarship 1977”. Winner of "Louisiana Composers competition 1994”.Bill has performed at numerous clubs and festivals around the world. Bill is well versed in Classical guitar,Jazz,Fusion,Blues,Funk and Brazilian music but, his forte is accompanying many of the fine Jazz singers across the country including his wife Kim Prevost. Bill has over 30 years teaching experience! His credits include 1999 B.E.T on Jazz discovery winner, Featured artist in “ Finger style Magazine”.Performances and or recordings with Arturo Sandoval, Terri Lynn Carrington, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Summers (Head Hunters),Amina Figarova, Dave Valentine, Stanley Jordan, Will Kennedy(Yellow Jackets) and Allen Toussaint.
Bill was proud to take part in the blockbuster film “RAY” in which he was guitar instructor to Oscar nominated actor Terrence Howard.
James Napier - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Teaching since: 1996
Education: University of Houston
James fluently plays the piano and the guitar. Well-versed in a variety of styles on the guitar and piano, he is currently performing classical guitar programs at various venues. Also his rock/blues band, Kindred Spirits recently released a new CD, featuring all original works on acoustic and electric guitar. They are gigging around town and rocking their audiences with great music and entertainment. James has several CD’s to his credit and continues to perform and work in the studio to write and record new music.
He teaches guitar for all ages and all levels of playing from beginner to advanced; styles include rock guitar, blues guitar, jazz guitar, classical guitar, country guitar, gospel guitar, contemporary Christian guitar, and finger-style acoustic guitar. Guitar classes include a combination of guitar theory, guitar technique, guitar reading, guitar composition, and performing with the guitar. James is a very popular teacher and has influenced many aspiring musicians through the years with his unique style of mentoring.
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