Dr. James Polk

Born: September 10, 1940    Primary Instrument: Piano

Dr. James Polk

James Polk was one of the key figures in the Austin music scene from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Known in players' circles for his knowledge of the technical aspects of music (theory, composition, etc.), Polk was also responsible for forming the first integrated bands in the scene, which included young white players from University of Texas at Austin and Austin's West Side.

In the 1970s, Polk relocated to the West Coast to take a job with the Ray Charles Orchestra. After touring and recording internationally, he came back to Austin in the late 80s. Polk, who is very concerned with preserving Black music, has definite ideas about how to revitalize Black youth culture and would like to open an academy for the performing arts. He is now completing studies at Southwest Texas State University for his Masters of Fine Arts in music so that he will be able to teach....
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Source: Harold McMillan, Austin Blues Family Tree Project


Two Time Grammy Nominee
Go With The Flow (LP) 2007
When Evening Comes (LP) 2001
May I Come In (LP) 1998
Jamad (LP) 1992
You Know The Feeling (LP) 1984
I Wish You Were Here Tonight (LP) 1983
Ain't It So (LP) 1979
Power Struggle (Single) 1969
Just Plain Funk (Single) 1969

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