Jim is a Denver resident, Western New York native, a guitarist, bassist, engineer & producer, and a technology guru. I am not the mayor of Pittsfield, Mass. That is someone else.
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quote(s) of the moment
"A genius is the one most like himself." -- Thelonious Monk
"On stage, when musicians deliver strong messages into one note, that one note can take people anywhere. When this one note starts to involve everybody in the concert hall, a spiral is born, Everybody lets their mind and body float in this spiral made by music." -- Hiromi Uehara
"Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire." -- Teilhard De Chardin
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -- Philip K. Dick
"Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love." -- Leo Buscaglia
"Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none." -- Shakespeare
"We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." -- Anaïs Nin
musical influences and inspirations
john coltrane, mike keneally, dj shadow, maria schneider, zakir hussain, ray brown, frank zappa, jacqueline du pré, pat metheny, portishead, hiromi uehara, ron miles, dave weckl, scott lafaro, tim alexander, antonio carlos jobim, norman blake, chick corea, derek trucks, anthony jackson, david grier, vinny colaiuta, jacky terrason, les claypool, wynton kelly, gomez, stereolab, irvin mayfield, ray bryant, elliott smith, ruben gonzalez, regina carter, michael manring, thelonious monk, thievery corporation, terry bozzio, johann sebastian bach, ween, john medeski, billy martin, chris wood, u. srinivas, tim o'brien, al dimiola, ani difranco, fareed haque, massive attack, nick drake, charles sawtelle, allan holdsworth, david grisman, sade, brian blade, christian mcbride, heitor villa-lobos, bob marley, mike marshall, bill monroe, ahmir ?uestlove thompson, miles davis, marisa monte, vince guaraldi, mike clark, gonzalo rubalcaba, bill frisell, joao gilberto, michael hedges, steve vai, the carter family, wes montgomery, gillian welch, david rawlings, jaco pastorius, john scofield, tina weymouth, doc watson, charles mingus, roy haynes, phish, caetano veloso, enrique coria, ornette coleman, sublime, dj logic, jeff beck, brad mehldau, jerry garcia, charlie hunter, kelly joe phelps, charlie haden, herbie hancock, ruth underwood, horatio hernandez, leo kottke, niels henning-orsted pedersen, celso machado, bill evans, astor piazzolla, hank mobley, nicholas payton, many many more.... tho my strongest musical influences are all the fine musicians with whom it is my privilege to work and play here in colorado.
other influences and inspirations
daniel c. dennett, wassily kandinsky, albert einstein, bernard lietaer, vincent van gogh, daniel quinn, huston smith, jean-michel basquiat, william s. burroughs, v?clav havel, alan turing, his holiness the dalai lama, george soros, malcom x, jack kerouac, donald e. knuth, pablo picasso, mahatma gandhi, p. d. ouspensky, dr. eric pearl, jackson pollock, federico fellini, dr. john holland, abbie hoffman, nikola tesla, every one of my friends and each member of my family.
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books i like...
really out of date. somewhat more recent updates at my goodreads
The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer - Neal Stephenson
Best American Short Stories 2003 - Various
Freedom Evolves - Daniel C. Dennett
On Language - Noam Chomsky
Island - Aldous Huxley
and some recent and all-time favorites
Darwin's Dangerous Idea - Daniel C. Dennett
The Future of Money - Bernard Lietaer
The Musical Life: Reflections On What It Is and How To Live It - W.A. Mathieu
How To Practice - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Age Power: How the 21st century will be ruled by the new old - Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.
Buddhism Plain and Simple - Steve Hagen
An Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals - David Hume
In Search of the Miraculous - P.D. Ouspensky
The Way of the Shaman - Michael Harner
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Daj Sijie
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues - Tom Robbins
The Holographic Universe - Michael Talbot
War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning - Chris Hedges
A History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State - Frederick Engels
Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life - David Grinspoon
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World - Michael Pollan
Living in Truth - Vaclav Havel
Interzone - William S. Burroughs
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
The Support Economy - Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin
The Cultural Creatives - Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D.
friends in music
In recent years Jim has been spotted recording and/or performing with the likes of: Chad Aman, Art Compost and the Word Mechanics, Behemoth, Matt Bassano, Mike Berg, Big Black Dog, The Big Bad Band, Brother Lloyd, Christie Chambers, Molly Cherington, Ed Contreras, Corruptor, Tyler Despres, Jessica DiNicola, Element37, Greta Gaines, Daren Hahn, C.R. Gruver, Jefferson Hamer, GerRee Hinshaw, Jamian Hoff, Aaron Holstein, Chad Johnson, Jen Korte, Celeste Krenz, Chris Lawhead, Dan Luehring, Sean Maloney, Ross Martin, Eric Martinez, The Michael Lloyd Band, Ben Mossman, Luke Mossman, Nederland Acid Jazz, Johnny Neill, Melanie Owen-Padilla, Ray Pacheco, Tori Pater, Polytoxic, Charlie Provenza, Kim Quirk, The Reals, Steve Remmert, Rhubarb, Lee Rogers, Rich Rychel, Dado Sa, Salus, Charlotte Sass, Jonathan Schmidt, Seth, Eric Shiveley, Sifa Sifa, Holly Smokovitz, The Snake Oil Orchestra, Chad Sophia, The Spotlight Band, Peter Stelling, Jimmy Stofer, Third Cousin, Loretta Thompson, Train 45, Mare Trevathan, John Truscelli, Sally Van Meter, Jeremy Wendelin, Vegas Witchcraft, Woodshed, Tom Zingaro and others.