Born: May 11, 1962
Jim Cavender spends more and more time recording, whenever he has time off from gigs. He just finished recording a literature/jazz project, Alligator Wings by Duke Way, which he started immediately after finishing And So It Is by Keith Taylor Trio and Been Down Low by Ivy Joe Milan. In 2012, he produced The Crawling Chaos by Rolling Jazz Revue. He released three non-jazz singles by pleasPlease, Blues Schnitzel, a cover of James Brown's Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine) and a cover of Timothy written by Rupert Holmes in March of 2013.
The Keith Taylor Trio’s O Christmas Tree-O (Startlingly Fresh Records) is a seasonal joy from start to finish: a delectable example of the sort of trio piano jazz I could listen to forever. Taylor is joined on piano by Jim Cavender (bass) and Tom Branch (drums), and tenor saxman Greg Chambers sits in for a few tracks.
“The lengthy tracks allow plenty of improv work.... Taylor demonstrates his inventive keyboard work with the album-opening ‘The Second First Noel,’ which also benefits from the first of Cavender’s many slick bass solos...
Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students
Credentials/Background* Part-time instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (private guitar and bass instruction, jazz combo director)
* Staff bass player at Berklee Summer Guitar Sessions 2009
* Guitar teacher at WC Handy Music Festival Band Camp 2010 and 2011