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Jim Cavender

Born: May 11, 1962    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Jim Cavender

Jim Cavender spends a fair amount of time recording, whenever he has time off from gigs. 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.

In 2011, he finished one collaborative Americana CD, A Cellarfull Of Noise , with Skip Heller. He released a blues/r&b recording, The Snake Doctors (Deluxe Version), featuring the soulful singing and songwriting of Charlie Howell on 13 tracks originally released on CD in 1997, along with three, previously unreleased, live tracks recorded in 2008...
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Awards:

Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award (Best Blues-Pop-Rock Performance, College Division, for Ken Watters' Jungle), 1985
Derrick Bang of The Davis (California) Enterprise writes:

“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. Taylor and Cavender trade licks on several tracks; I’m particularly impressed by their work on the mid-tempo handling of ‘Once in Royal David’s City.’ ‘O Christmas Tree’ is an up-tempo finger-snapper, with a truly cookin’ bass solo from Cavender. An equally lively rendition of ‘We Three Kings’ proves that these heads of state really know how to groove on a track that boasts numerous tempo changes.

“But as much as I enjoy this trio’s faster selections, the slower pieces truly shine. ‘Silent Night’ and ‘I Wonder As I Wander’ are soft and mysterious: both lovely readings of these gentle carols. Chambers’ sax work highlights an unexpectedly slow and sentimental reading of ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ a song usually given a lively up-tempo reading that emerges here as a lament (Which I guess makes sense; Frosty did melt, after all!).

“The album closes with another quiet one: ‘Some Children See Him,’ introduced with Taylor’s gentle keyboard work, which guides this lovely standard — and the entire album — to a perfect conclusion. Great job, guys.”

— The Davis Enterprise, December 10, 2009

As a Producer, Musician and Composer:

A Cellarfull Of Noise
Jim Cavender & Skip Heller
Startlingly Fresh Records
2011
Tracks: The Man I Used To Be (Skip Heller); All I Needed Was The Rain (Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman); Not That I Care (Cindy Walker); Whatcha Wanna Do (Jim Cavender); No One Else'll Do (Skip Heller); Go On Shoes (Reggie Young); Everywhere I Go (Willie Nelson); Walkin', Talkin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart (Roger Miller, Justin Tubb); I Hate You (Skip Heller); My Rifle, My Pony And Me (Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster).
Personnel: Skip Heller: guitar, vocals. Jim Cavender: guitar, vocals.
Producer: Jim Cavender

To A Planet
Rolling Jazz Revue
Startlingly Fresh Records
2010
Tracks: Euver Zzaj Gnillor (Newt Johnson); You're Better Off (Jim Cavender); Eduardo Grande (Nick Walker); Pan Pacific (Jim Cavender); Fantasy Baseball (Newt Johnson); To A Planet (Nick Walker); New Commander (Newt Johnson); Mental Gloss (Nick Walker); The Brighton (Ben Cohen); Fannie And Freddie (Jim Cavender).
Personnel: Jim Cavender: guitar. Newt Johnson: piano, Fender Rhodes, accordion. Nick Walker: upright bass. Ben Cohen: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone. Thad Brown: drums.
Producer: Jim Cavender

Elephants In The Crosswalk
Rolling Jazz Revue
Startlingly Fresh Records
2008
Tracks: Two Strangers (Jim Cavender); Safety In Motian (Newt Johnson); My Recurring Dream (Jim Cavender); City Beneath The Sea (Jim Cavender); Fate Plixin (Newt Johnson); Asylum Lake (Jim Cavender); Elephants In The Crosswalk (Newt Johnson); Theme From 'Every Mother's Daughter' (Jim Cavender); Hotel El Morillo (Terri Cavender, Jim Cavender); Slow Dance, No Dance (Ben Cohen); Sara 'N' Me (Newt Johnson).
Personnel: Jim Cavender: guitar, bass, bass VI. Newt Johnson: piano, Fender Rhodes. Ben Cohen: tenor saxophone. Brian Palmieri: drums. Daniel Kennedy: theremin. Terri Cavender: flute.
Producer: Jim Cavender

Halloween On Union Avenue
Rolling Jazz Revue
Startlingly Fresh Records
2008
Tracks: Notorious Redux (Jim Cavender); Two Skillets And An Unlocked Door (Newt Johnson); Indecision (Brian Palmieri); Too Close To The Sun (Newt Johnson); Halloween On Union Avenue (Jim Cavender); Lost And Found (Ben Cohen); Flying Carpet (Ken Watters, Jim Cavender); The Circle Game (Newt Johnson); Ramblin' (Ornette Coleman).
Personnel: Jim Cavender: bass. Newt Johnson: piano, Fender Rhodes. Ben Cohen: tenor saxophone. Brian Palmieri: drums.
Producer: Jim Cavender

As a Producer and Musician:

The Snake Doctors (Deluxe Version)
The Snake Doctors
Startlingly Fresh Records
2011 (13 tracks originally released in 2008)

O Christmas Tree-O
Keith Taylor Trio
Startlingly Fresh Records
2008
Tracks: The Second First Noel; Silent Night; O Christmas Tree; Away In A Manger; We Three Kings; Up On The Housetop; Good King Wenceslas; Once In Royal David's City.
Personnel: Keith Taylor: piano. Jim Cavender: bass. Tom Branch: drums. Greg Chambers: tenor saxophone.
Producer: Jim Cavender

Along The Anchorline
The Skip Heller Trio
SkipHeller.com
2007
Tracks: St. Louis Blues/Mr. Crump Don't Like It (W.C. Handy); Hesitatin' Blues (PD arr. Skip Heller); Down (John Hartford); I've Got A Thing About You Baby (Tony Joe White); Angel Band (Ralph Stanley); Along The Anchorline (Skip Heller); Redman (Charlie Rich); The Elegant Buster Bailey (Skip Heller); Angel Band [Slight Return] (Ralph Stanley)
Personnel: Skip Heller: guitar, vocals. Newt Johnson: organ, piano. David White: drums. Robert Drasnin: clarinet. Jim Cavender: upright bass, electric sitar, vocals. Lisa Christian: vocals.
Producer: Jim Cavender

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar

Location:
Huntsville, AL

Willing to teach:
Intermediate 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

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