I play the sax and flute. Moved to Raleigh, NC from Rochester, NY in 1999. I have been leading my own jazz group since the late '80s in New York and North Carolina. In Rochester, I fronted the Jim Ferris Quartet for about a decade and have been performing for more than 35 years, playing jazz, R&B, top 40s, rock and more.
The Jim Ferris Trio reached number one on the ReverbNation jazz charts for Raleigh in 2013. They perform a wide selection of standard and contemporary jazz featuring Jim Ferris on sax and flute, Mike McPherson on drums, and a lineup of the premier jazz pianists in the triangle. The group also performs as a duo, quartet, or quintet.
Practice, practice, practice, listen, listen, listen. Start slow and build.
Your dream band:
I enjoy working with great musicians who have a good attitude.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
When traveling on business to New Orleans, I often played on a the street corners. One night outside a hotel, I played "Harlem Nocturne." A very old and slow man, ready for bed, put his clothes back on, made his way down to the street to drop a $20 in my case for playing one of his favorite songs.
C GRACE in Raleigh, NC. Management is a great supporter of jazz. It's a wonderful atmosphere with a great audience. It's the hippest jazz joint outside of lower Manhattan!
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?