Jim began his drumming career in his local Squadron of the Air Cadets in Birmingham, playing snare drum for parades. This first taste gave Jim the spur to investigate drumming techniques to a greater degree and sought out good local teachers, under whom he developed into a good all round drummer, and was soon becoming experienced in a semi-professional capacity in local dance bands, playing sequence and pop as well as jazz. He also found work in Cabaret, backing singers etc. all of which was to expand his all round technique.
Unfortunately his drumming career had to be put 'on hold' for a while during which time Jim felt the need to develop a proper career. Together with his wife Carol, Jim went into the Licensed Trade, on the other side of the bar, and became Landlord of several of Birmingham's City Centre pubs.
In 1988 Jim and Carol started another business outside the 'Trade', and Jim was able to resume his drumming career, again playing for dancing, cabaret and even a short interlude into soul music. In 1996 he joined The Martinique Jazz Band, where his ability to vary his drumming styles is exactly in line with the band policy of refusing to be tied to one style of jazz. His Creole and Latin rhythms are exceptional, and his driving swing makes him a great drummer to have behind you.
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