James Jackson

Bass Guitarist

James might well be considered the finest r&b bass player in Memphis and the midsouth. He certainly has a distinct advantage over most bass players because he was born just up the road from the ground zero of blues, Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was born on August 5, 1951 in Coldwater, Mississippi where he began his musical career at the ripe old age of nine. James picked up the lead guitar first and began performing with gospel groups around his hometown. He took to Music as naturally as a duck to water.  He found his true voice instrumentally as a teenager when he put down the lead guitar and began to play the electric bass. This opened the door to performing with many groups across northern Mississippi.

James moved to Memphis as a young man in his twenties and quickly became known among the working musicians in the mid-south. Oddly enough the first group he joined in Memphis was a country and western band known as Jay and the Twilights. This ultimately led to his collaboration with some fellow musicians to form an r&b group they called the T.O.C. band. This group was serious about performing and recording and led to the production of two r&b albums.

The 1970’s in Memphis for James was like attending the University and getting a performance degree on the bass guitar. He was an outstanding r&b bass player and had a reputation to match, which enabled him to form associations during the 1980’s with nationally known recording artists such as Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Shirley Brown and Ruby Wilson to name but a few. James has shared the stage more recently with legendary recording artists such as B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Little Milton and Pine top Perkins.

In 1991, James along with Solomon McDaniel and David Bowen, known collectively as the doctors of rhythm and blues, came together to form a group which would quickly become the band all other bands wanted to be like. The King Beez has consistently set the performance bar to a height many bands strive to achieve but seldom do.

James' reputation continues to grow as a leader and as an outstanding r&b bass player keeping him on the world stage where he has resided comfortably for many years.

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