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Jim Crozier - Edgy Blues and Twisted Americana
Jim Crozier is a singer, songwriter, and bassist living and working in the Tallahassee, Florida area. His latest release is titled "What You Want" released in March 2017. Since October 2013 he has been the host and producer of a weekly invitational jam known as "The Wednesday Night Lab Session" which has featured dozens of North Florida musicians - http://jimcrozier.com/lab/.
Jim Crozier brings a strong rhythm and driving, heart felt voice to a style he calls Edgy Blues and Twisted Americana. Among the songwriters he admires are Tom Waits, Aaron Nevell, Leonard Cohen, Bobby Charles, Rodney Crowell, and Gram Parsons.
Jim Crozier is now back to music full time after a long career in Government IT. He got his first guitar a year before the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show and picked up the bass soon after. While engaged as the musical director at a summer theater, he wrote some music for an off-Broadway musical, "Touch" - the original cast album was nominated for a Grammy in 1972. After earning a degree in Music Composition from the FSU School of Music, he continued to live and work in the Tallahassee area, playing bass with many local ensembles including jazz quartets, blues bands, and a classic big band. In 2007, he released his album "Down to the Village". While working on another recording project, he released a few singles along the way which are available on all popular digital download and streaming sites.
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and this is about Jim Crozier in Tallahassee Music
And a nice feature in Tallahassee Democrat, July 31, 2011.
Professional Resume' as a composer.
With the release of his 2007 album “Down to the Village”, Jim Crozier places his marker on the table, an announcement of the preparations he is making for the return to full time music, anticipating the end of a long IT career. Jim is continually working with songwriters and musicians, and producing special events with “The Jim Crozier Band”, “Bone Dry”, “The McKenzie Brothers”, and in the Spring of 2008, a big show with his own band backed by “Tallahassee Swing”.
Jim Crozier has always been a songwriter of some sort. He got his first guitar a year before the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show and picked up the bass soon after. While engaged as the musical director at a summer stock theater company in Pennsylvania, he collaborated with Kenn Long to create the musical, “Touch”, which ran off-Broadway during the 1970-71 season. The original cast album was nominated for a Grammy. After earning a degree in Music Composition from the FSU School of Music, he continued to live and work in the Tallahassee area. He has been playing bass with jazz, blues, country, and folk acts for many years and is a long time member of “Tallahassee Swing”.
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Jim Crozier Biographical Notes July 7, 2008
I have always been a songwriter of some sort, and I got my first guitar a year before the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show. Soon I started playing the bass viol in the school orchestra - and the bass guitar was hip, too.
I had some success early. There were the rock bands that we had in the 60’s, but somehow I became the musical director for a summer stock theater company that developed in my home town. During the three years that I worked with that company, we ended up writing a musical and taking it to NYC. It opened there in the fall of 1970, ran for a year to generally favorable notices - but there was never any money behind it. The original cast album was nominated for a Grammy. The Grammy's 1972 show at the Felt Forum was my 21st birthday party!
I figured, that if the “New York Times” was calling me a composer, I better get back to music school and study composition. A couple of years later, I ended up back in NYC, got my string quartet played at Columbia University, did a little more theater, jammed with a bunch of folks, ended up on a couple records, and mostly was a Manhattan Cab Driver. Life on the street took its toll. I was beat. Home had moved. The last thing that city needed was another half-assed rock & roll bass player with a couple years of music school and an attitude.
Tallahassee is not a center of music business, but there sure is a lot of music here. I immediately started playing with the, as yet unknown, Pierce Pettis; and the man who later became the “Sauce Boss”, Bill Wharton. I also started playing with bluegrass pickers and folkies, and then started learning all the jazz that I wish I had known when I was in the City – I managed to graduate from the FSU School of Music in 1979. Then there was the period when I had to have a gig every week-end, because the day job didn’t pay so well, and that meant playing in a Country Band and getting really good with the Blues. And, I never gave up on my "Rock & Roll Dream", I never stopped playing, and never stopped writing.
For a few years now, I have been able to be more selective about the music I do. It has to be a whole bunch of fun, serve good purpose, and promote my original music.
As for my day job, I am a network administrator and information security professional. I have also been a programmer and systems administrator on 20+ years of computer platforms including systems, applications, and databases. I am not a web programmer but I cut my html chops on some of the first web sites that ever existed.
I came more lately to using the computer for music, and now I use Finale and Sonar with good result. I also maintain my web presence by hand at: http://jimcrozier.com , and I do my own myspace stuff, too.
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