Glasgow-born Jim began his musical life aged eight playing tea chest bass in the neighbourhood skiffle group.
He got his first guitar the same year and when an older friend introduced him to jazz he was hooked.
After leaving school he trained as a journalist while playing on the local music scene. He formed a group with Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball (later of the Average White Band) and they worked throughout Scotland playing Coltrane tunes and originals.
It was in this group that he started attracting attention and in 1996 he moved to London going on to work in the groups of Pete Brown, Brian Auger, Vinegar Joe and Kokomo.
In 1975 he met sax player Dick Morrissey and began a 15 year association which produced seven albums and became one of Britain’s top club bands.
Jim is winner of the best guitar in the British Telecom Jazz Awards in 1994 and 1996 and the best guitar in the Post Office Jazz Awards 2000 and winner of the best guitar in the Hamlet Cigar British Jazz Awards 2002.
The club meets at Club Chesterfield, Chester Street, Chesterfield, and tickets are available from http://www.chesterfieldjazz.com or from Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre, just by the Crooked Spire in town.