James Leary was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Studied piano and played in Rhythm & Blues bands featuring Teroy Betton,Ben Pruitt ,Thomas East,Robert Trezvant,David ii and Jimmy Mayers and York Wilbon around Arkansas.He later became a versatile Bassist performing with Art Porter ,Sr ,Albert King ,Little Johnny Taylor, Major Lance graduated UAPB(U of Arkansas ,Pine Bluff)
BA ,Music ED. In San Francisco studied Bass w/Charles Siani,Ortiz Walton ,played with Oakland Symphony/San Francisco Ballet
Orch at the same time began a long career as bassist w John Handy, George Duke, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson,Harold Land, Pharoah Sanders, just to name a few. I sat down with James in between set's at the RedWhite&Bluezz jazz and bar restaurant in Old Pasadena, Calif.
and talk about his career and who got him hook on Jazz.
This interview was recorded July 18, 2013
Songs in order 1,Waltz to Monday,2 remember to Smile, 3, Little Birds, 4 Come and Talk, 5, Little Joe G, 6, Wajumbe All songs from James Leary's CD Together
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