At age 8, Jim Murray's interest in Jazz music was ignited when he heard a record of Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas. He began studying piano at age eight and upright bass later in Jr. high school. During high school he began performing in local restaurants, clubs, and special music events around his hometown, Grand Junction, Colorado. His early influences on piano are Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, Monk, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett.
After high school, Jim's move to the American east coast in 1984 proved to be an invaluable experience as he met and learned from such piano legends as Ellis Marsalis and Dave McKenna.
Since moving to Japan in 2001, Jim Murray has been a regular performer around the Tokyo/Yokohama jazz scene and has toured Japan extensively with some of Japan's top jazz artists.