Seth began performing professionally at the age of sixteen, working as a leader and sideman around the Philadelphia area.
After relocating to the Los Angeles area, his versatility as a musician landed him performances and recordings in jazz, classical, pop, and rock genres. Among his credits are jazz bass virtuoso Jennifer Leitham, Grammy winning vocalist Nmon Ford, jazz-latin vocalist Gina Saputo, and pop-rock vocalists Kuh Ledesma and Pops Fernandez. In addition to jazz and popular music performances, he continues giving classical recitals as a soloist as well as in duos and trios. Aside from performing throughout North America, Seth has performed in England, France, Poland, China, and Japan.
He continues to perform in virtually every musical setting ranging from solo guitar to large ensembles. He leads two trios: Gamma Midoriyama and 16 Strings. The former is either a guitar-bass-drums or guitar-saxophone/trumpet-drums trio; the latter instrumentation is a two guitars and bass. (Recordings may be found on the Audio and Video page.) Most recently, he performs with Grammy and Golden Globe nominated singer-guitarist Frank Stallone.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Seth began his guitar studies shortly after his twelfth birthday with Mark Burkert. By the age of 13, he began taking lessons with Jazz Guitarist extraordinary Jimmy Bruno. As Bruno's protégé, he spent the next seven years under Jimmy's tutelage. Interested in broadening his student's horizons, Bruno introduced a book authored by the great jazz pianist-educator Jimmy Amadie. This introduction led to improvisational and harmonic studies with Amadie for nearly ten years.
Seth was awarded the sole guitar chair in the Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Band two years in a row (1992-94).
After graduating from high school, he was awarded a scholarship to the University of the Arts where he would complete his Bachelor's degree in jazz guitar performance in 1999. For the next four years, he kept a busy performing and teaching schedule. In 2003, he accepted a scholarship to the Claremont Graduate University to study with Jack Sanders. At Claremont Graduate Univeristy, he completed a Master's degree in classical guitar performance and a Ph.D. in Musicology in 2009.
His dissertation will soon be available as a book entitled "Billy Bean: The Life and Music a Jazz Guitar Legend". The two-volume work is an in-depth tome about the unsung jazz guitar great.
Dr. Seth currently teaches for the Greenberg School of Music in Claremont. He has taught for Scripps College, Mt. San Jacinto College, the Claremont Community School of Music, and Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute.