John Udinsky Jr. is a guitarist, arranger and composer from Horsham, PA. From a humble beginning as a PMEA All-State Musician and an alumni of the Hatboro-Horsham School District, John went on to earn a B.M. in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of the Arts where he studied with Philly guitar legends Mike Kennedy, Mike Quaile, Matt Davis and Kevin Hanson. During his time there, he was also a member of the school’s prestigious ‘Z Big Band’ ensemble under the direction of Matt Gallagher. After graduating in the spring of 2014, Udinsky began to widen his network by freelancing in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York tri-state area professionally, lending his talents to various singer-songwriters and jazz groups on stage and in the studio. Most notably, he served as the music director & lead guitarist for South Jersey country star Liv Devine from 2013-2016 and held the guitar chair in Jake Kaplan’s Yellow 11 Big Band from 2014-2018. After several years of successful freelancing, John made the transition from sideman to band member when he was recruited into the Philadelphia based funk band ‘Hambone Relay’ in the fall of 2015. During his tenure as a band member, John was featured as both a guitarist and a composer on their 2016 LP entitled ‘Free Hugs’ and performed frequently with them as they toured up and down the east coast. At the end of 2017, John decided to leave the group and transition yet again, this time from band member to solo artist and pursue his long time passion for solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar exclusively. After spending the majority of 2018 honing his artistry, John has selected 8 original songs to be featured on his upcoming debut album entitled ‘April Showers’ due out sometime in mid 2019.
Specialties: Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Electric Bass, Jazz Ensemble