At a very young age, Jim was formulating his vast musical repertoire. Growing up in an Italian-American household Jim was influenced by the music of Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, big bands and the 60’s music of his older sisters: The Beatles, James Taylor, The Who, Motown, etc. Jim fronted many rock bands throughout high school and college (Berkley, Dean Jr., U Mass Amherst) where he developed his solo repertoire at various coffeehouses that led to his performing at piano bars on Cape Cod during the summer tourist season.
Fast-forward 30 years to San Diego where Jim refined his talent by performing at Nordstrom, Spiritual Centers, major hotels, restaurants and piano bars. A versatile accompanist and singer, Jim has performed with many local singers and musicians.
For the past fifteen years Jim has been performing with an ensemble he founded, playing Italian music for events, festas and film galas throughout southern California. Currently at Maretalia Ristorante Coronado as the resident pianist/vocalist, Jim showcases his versatility with a mix of pop favorites, Sinatra, jazz standards and contemporary Italian songs.