A multi-talented instrumentalist, composer, and band leader, Jim has been a
mainstay in the Seattle Jazz scene for over 20 years. Jim's playing style is
best described as straight ahead, mainstream acoustic jazz. He's been
influenced by many of the jazz greats; names you'd expect to hear like John
Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis, and also other artists like Lew
Tabakin and Phil Woods. Matt Collar of All Music Guide states that Jim's style
is "...reminiscent of '60s-era Sonny Rollins" while Michael Gladstone of All
About Jazz says "...his tenor styling is lyrically in the Scott Hamilton mode."
What's certain is that Jim has created his own style and sound that can be
appreciated on many levels.
As a composer, there are many influences to Jim's style -- Toshiko Akyoshi was
one of his very earliest influences, but many other great writers have had at
least a subtle influence -- Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Rob McConnell, Bob Florence,
and Bob Brookmeyer to name a few. Jim also credits his passion for late
classic, early romantic, and impressionistic composers as inspiration for his
desire to touch others through his writing.
Jim's groups are available for a wide variety of events, providing music for weddings, private parties, corporate events, and more.
Choose from the quartet, the Jazz Orchestra, or any sized group in between. Visit the Entertainment
page for examples of what groups are available.
If you're a lover of jazz and want to listen to tracks or purchase CDs, visit
the Music page and select from the discs