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Jim Pearce

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: September 10, 1952    

Jim Pearce

Pianist / Composer/ Singer Jim Pearce has released 7 Jazz CD’s, the latest being “You Are an Edgy Visionary Seer”. Jim's last CD I'm in the Twilight of a Mediocre Career hit #1 on the JazzWeek Jazz Chart. Jim was featured in an interview on NPR'S Morning Edition with Susan Stamberg and Jim’s compositions have been used in TV shows including “Saturday Night Live” (NBC), “90210” (The CW) “Parenthood”(NBC), “Lipstick Jungle”(NBC), “Greek” (ABC), “10 Things I Hate About You” (ABC), “ Mi Corazon Insiste” (Telemundo), and others....
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”Pearce's seventh release as a leader, You Are An Edgy Visionary Seer is an engaging and well-rounded portrait of this uniquely talented songwriter, vocalist and pianist at his mature and creative peak.” All About Jazz/ Hrayr Attarian

“There exists a unique and storied subset of jazz artists who pen the most clever music and lyrics this side of Tin Pan Alley and way that side of modern-day Nashville. Besides Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, who are in a class by themselves, are Mose Allison and Jim Pearce, who are also part of that rarefied class.” All About Jazz/ C. Michael Bailey

”Jim Pearce, a long time favorite is great! I absolutely love it, his piano work is top class.” Peter Kuller, Radio Adelaide - Australia

”Never Open with a Ballad is a delightful collection of modern jazz performed by an outstanding collective of sympathetic musicians who are truly deserving of wider recognition. Pearce proves himself a highly adept leader who approaches every aspect of his music with vision and integrity.” All About Jazz/ John Barron

”This is Spectacular, great CD — I already listened to it twice. what a great collection of tracks, musical skills and the surprise of Jim's vocals, quite an opener!! Again with the greatest pleasure will take this CD into extended airplay.” Joost Van Steen, Jazz & Blues Tour Radio - The Netherlands

“ Jim Pearce is in possession of a special type of “triple threat.” I don’t know if he can dance or act. That’s not the kind I mean. What Pearce certainly can do is sing, play piano and write great music. He does plenty of each on his latest CD, Never Open with a Ballad. He and his band play in relaxed, straight -ahead jazz style. The songs (each tune on the CD is a Pearce original) are unique. Pearce has a clearly developed compositional style. The arrangements bring out the best from each composition. The musicians bring out the best from each arrangement. Never Open with a Ballad is seriously swingin’ CD that is infinitely worth a listen or two.” Jazz Improv Magazine/ Dave Miele

“Singing pianist is incredibly hip, but please don’t tell him. It might ruin his hangdog charm, which stacks up favorably alongside witty songsters such as Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg and Mose Allison.” ——Jazziz Magazine

“Pearce's group is nearly flawless” All About Jazz / Michael Gladstone

“Jim is an extraordinarily talented musician and those skills are matched by his songwriting abilities. It is easy to see why he has earned many songwriting awards during his illustrious career. His stories and their imaginative lyrics create vivid images that one does not soon forget, or want to. And his piano riffs continue to play in your head long after his music stops.” Roots Music Report/ Brenda Barbee

“Jazz composer/pianist Jim Pearce has assembled an impressive canon of songs showcasing his own creative composition prowess and dazzling technical gifts.The septet shines from the opening title track through the album’s closer, “One More Tomorrow.” He also delivers charming vocals on four tracks.” One Way Magazine

“Pearce has produced another winner. This is outstanding mainstream jazz. Washington Square Park is a powerful reminder that not all great jazz pianist/composers are signed to Verve or Blue Note-or work out of New York” All About Jazz / Paul Olson

“Thirty Year Waltz comforts like a caress.” “Muddy River Vamp peppers us with groove and carefully configured ensemble. This song and a few others will stop casual conversations. The complexity within provokes a deeper listen.” Jazz Improv Magazine / Gregory J. Robb

“Jim Pearce reminds me somewhat of Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, you see. Fans of both will enjoy this CD along with Mr Pearce's fine piano playing.” The Jazz Rendezvous / Eric Alan

“ From the opening track, “Muddy River Vamp”, this one cooks! Herman Burney (b), Paul Fallat (d), Eric South (sax, fl), Ken Gregory (t) and pianist Jim Pearce play with a fervor that is energizing.” O's Place Jazz Newsletter

  • You Are An Edgy Visionary Seer

    Oak Avenue Publishing
    2013
  • Never Open with A Ballad

    Self Produced
    2007
  • Prairie Dog Ballet

    Self Produced
    2006
  • Thirty Year Waltz

    Self Produced
    2004

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