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Jim Black

For nearly three decades, Jim Black’s musical creativity and unstoppable curiosity and have made him one of the most in-demand drummers in the jazz/new music scene today. With roots in Seattle, WA, Jim spent his early years exploring all styles of music – from garage rock to big band swing – before heading to Boston, MA to attend the Berklee College of Music. Jim moved to Brooklyn in 1991, where he currently resides, and maintains a busy schedule touring, recording, teaching and enjoying music across the world.

Jim Black co-leads and composes for the groups Pachora and Human Feel, and works in numerous groups alongside some of today’s most creative artists including, Ellery Eskelin, Uri Caine, Chris Speed, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman and Laurie Anderson. He appears on over 100 recordings.

Jim finds himself most at home leading and composing original music for his band AlasNoAxis. In 2000, Jim released his acclaimed debut recording, AlasNoAxis on Winter & Winter Recordings (called “A masterpiece of future jazzâ€? by The Wire) and toured internationally for enthusiastic audiences. In addition to Splay(2002) and Habyor(2004), Dogs of Great Indifference is the fourth album from the group, which includes Black’s Brooklyn cohort Chris Speed – tenor/clarinet and frequent Icelandic collaborators Hilmar Jensson – guitar, and SkĂșli Sverrisson – bass.

Jim Black

Photo: Caroline Mardok

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