Jim is a native of Ashtabula, Ohio and now calls the Metro Detroit area home. Jim graduated from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, where he majored in Jazz Studies/Music Education. In college, he played with professional groups that included The Don Burns Orchestra, The Angelo Lacivida Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, The House Band and other various groups throughout Northeast Ohio. During the summers from 1995 – 2000, Jim could be seen at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, playing in some of the live shows that the park offered. After earning his degree from YSU, Jim toured with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra where he performed in 23 states, the Caribbean, as well as a six-week tour of Japan. In 2010 Jim formed Mainstreet Soul and in 2015 formed the Metro Detroit Jazz Orchestra.
Playing Music, BBQ, Bowling, Writing Horn Charts
Viking M58 Straight Soprano Saxophone; Runyon Custom Spoiler 8 with Olegature; D'Addario Select Jazz 4S Unfiled Reeds
1939 Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone; Vandoren Jumbo Java A55; Vandoren ZZ #3 Reeds
1960 Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone; CE Winds Bronze Legend II/Saxworks Fitsmall SuperLIG; Meridian Winds Heavy Mass Screws; D'Addario Select Jazz 4S Unfiled Reeds
1958 Selmer Mark VI Low Bb Baritone Saxophone; Berg Larsen 115/0 M/Saxworks Fitsmall SuperLIG; D'Addario Select Jazz 4H Unfiled Reeds