Jim Harris — pictured here playing drums for the first time ever — likes to tell the story of how it all began: "It was at my sister’s wedding — and if you look closely I am actually holding the left hand correctly. The drummer of the band apparently had fascinated me all night. When the band went on break, I was admiring the drum set when one of my uncles said, 'why don’t you go up and try it.' The next thing you know I am up there trying out the drums. When the band returned from break and after the drummer admonished me for playing his drums without first asking permission, he said to me, 'do you want to sit in and play a couple with the band?' I did. I was a big hit. Everybody dance and cheered. That is how I began my journey. Soon after I got a Sears drum set for Christmas and I was off."
Jim loves all sorts of music – progressive rock, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, classical, folk, country, blue grass and more. He has played in some 15 different bands of all types, both full and part time — progressive rock, rock, blues, R&B, country, big bands and wedding bands, up and down the east cost from St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to Caribou, Maine. Mr. Harris tells us there is long list of drummers that have inspired him, from Gene Krupa, Lenny White and Bill Bruford, to Steve Gadd and Dave Weckl. He says that list could go on.
Jim tells us, " I am so excited to be in The Red Masque. The structure of our music is very complex, yet there is still the freedom for improvisation. And I love that the music can go in whatever direction it needs to go with all the artists in the group combining our different influences into one cohesive form.”
Then he adds with a wry smile, “Oh yes, and I can now hold my right hand correctly too!”
Photo by Gina Andreoli / La Regina Films