I launched my musical career during high school by forming my own big band, “The Melodaires”. We performed throughout the western Detroit suburbs. After a year and a half of college, I auditioned for the US Navy’s music program. Upon acceptance, I enlisted, and was sent to the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Tours of duty with the Pacific fleet were followed by stateside fleet bands, including the Naval Academy Band in 1977, and the Navy Band’s Commodores”, in 1979. I started my sixteen year tenure with the “Commodores” as the Baritone saxophone player, and moved through all the saxophone chairs finishing my military career as the lead Alto Saxophonist for the Navy Band’s premiere jazz ensemble. After retiring from the Navy in 1994, I relocated to South Florida, and have been pleased to become a part of a very active and appreciative jazz community.
Highlights of my career include the recording of my own album, “Coronado Sand”, and being asked to record with other artists, such as the Bill Potts Big Band, Placido Domingo, and Ed Calle. I am also very proud to have been included on albums by Christian recording artists Glad and James Ward. Live performances with Steve and Edie Gorme, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, and Bob Florence are moments that are very special to me.
Since arriving in South Florida, I have been fortunate to become a regular with the Bob Hoose Big Band, one of the finest in the area, and am associated with the Palm Beach Pops. I recently returned from a week of performances with Frank Capp’s Juggernaut Band, where I was featured with Pete Christalieb, and Lanny Morgan as well as a second Jazz Cruise again with Frank Capp’s band. I have performed at the Hilton Head Jazz Festival with my good friend Bob Alberti twice. I am currently with Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops. Jim currently tours with “In the Mood” a 1940 Musical Review.
Concerts with Cloud 9 Orchestra12.18.2010…”A Cloud 9 Christmas” at the Martin Theatre (Panama City, FL) 07.2.2011…”Let Freedom Swing” featuring Cloud 9 Orchestra (Panama City, FL) 07.3.2011…Patriotic Service for Northside Baptist Church (Panama City, FL) 12.10.2011…Cloud 9 Christmas at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame #1 (Birmingham, AL) 12.11.2011…Cloud 9 Christmas at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame #2 (Birmingham, AL)