LIVEstream: Jim Mings
Jim Mings is easily one of South Carolina’s greatest treasures. He is a beautiful cat inside and out, an encyclopedia of jazz songs, a brilliant guitarist, and one of the most interesting improvisers you’ll experience. Whether he’s playing a standard from the American songbook or a country tune, without fail, it is deep in the pocket and more melodic than you can imagine. His improvisational ideas are truly in the moment, heartfelt, authentic, honest, and soulful. He can play the same song 10,000 times and never repeat himself. Jim Mings is an artist.
Jim Mings: guitar, vocals
Dustin Retzlaff: bass
Danny Boozer: drums
a generous grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation.
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Jim began his career in his hometown of Austin, TX. By the age of 15, he performed nightly at Austin nightclubs, including The Continental Club, Vulcan Gas Company, and Armadillo World Headquarters. During his early Austin days, Jim was considered one of the city’s top blues and rock guitar players. His admirers were none other than the young Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, both of whom have mentioned him in interviews as one of their early blues guitar influences. Jim has performed with Johnny Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, and Jimmy Vaughan.
When he moved to Columbia, SC, to study and teach at The University of South Carolina, Jim led a quartet featuring the young saxophone child prodigy, Chris Potter. Jim regularly performed with all of the top local jazz players and backed up many famous musicians traveling through town, which included Mundell Lowe, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Bucky Pizzarelli, Eddie Daniels, Bob Hope, Red Rodney, Bill Watrous, Lew Tabackin, Bernard Purdie, Ed Soph, Don Thompson, Ron Westray, Wycliffe Gordon, Laurindo Almeida, and many others. Jim received his master’s degree in jazz performance from The University of South Carolina.
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