Biography

Overview:

Originally from the mountains of northern New Hampshire, Jim Whitney is currently a resident of Brooklyn NY. He is actively performing and doing session work as an acoustic and electric bassist, composing new music, and teaching privately. He can be heard playing jazz, bluegrass, rock, country, klezmer, funk, American roots, Brazilian, or any combination thereof. He recently completed his debut recording "Dodecahedron", which features twelve of his original compositions.

Early Years:

Jim's musical career established itself in earnest when he moved to Boston from New Hampshire, and began studying with Dave Holland at New England Conservatory. He spent eight productive years in Boston, first as a student, then as a performing and touring musician. Jim was also actively teaching in the Boston area, both at Berklee College of Music and at several private schools. Eventually the desire to pursue music in New York City motivated him to move to Brooklyn.

New York City:

In the twenty plus years since, Jim has been busy as a bass player in many musical contexts. His resume includes performances and/or recordings with many musical luminaries, including Bill Frisell, Tony Trischka, Anthony Braxton, David Grisman, Ray Anderson, Jamey Haddad, Richard Greene, John Scofield, Ricky Skaggs, and many more. He is also a long-time member of the acclaimed Andy Statman Trio. Jim has appeared with acting stars Meryl Streep, John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and others as a member of the performance group Parabola. He was commissioned to compose several original works for The Wendy Osserman Dance Company's performances in 2003, 2005 and 2006. His musical travels have taken him to Europe, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Central America, New Zealand, Canada, and much of the USA. Jim has performed on several feature film soundtracks, including "Anomalisa" and "The Rookie". Younger generations have heard Jim's bass work on the award winning children's show "Blue's Clues", and the popular new children's show "Peg Plus Cat".

More Information:

Please see the performances page for Jim's upcoming live concerts, and visit the home page to sign up for Jim's mailing list. Check out audio samples and/or purchase the Dodecahedron album on the music page. For performance or private lesson information, or to just say hello, please email Jim here: jawbass@mindspring.com