Kelly James


Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Vocalist - Alto, Bagpipes.


Student of percussion since the second grade, over 40 years. I am Classically trained and play with an edge. I have continued my music education for the majority of that time and continue to learn from accomplished drum masters to this day. I have completed all of the Top 25 Modern Drummer Timeless Percussion instruction books; something only another drummer would appreciate. The last 18 years getting very deep into syncopation, jazz, funk; expert level site reading. I was in several rock bands well into my late 20's, I have played (for fun) ever since. Though I have not played with a regularly gigging band for some time, I would like to now as I have the time, flexibilty and desire. I have the ability to play anything reasonably well right out of the gate and can master anything fairly quickly. I am a disciplined and hard working musician. I am a metronome. I continually evolve my skills and influences; early days I was a heavier, big kit type of drummer (Baker, Bonham, Paice), then more technical (Jeff Porcaro, Stewart Copeland) and then deep into Jazz/Funk (Art Blakey, Dave Garibaldi, Steve Gadd, Alan Dawson, Elvin Jones). Though my tendencies are to play heavy, I have learned to appreciate finesse and dynamic control. My musical interest is broad, I play just about anything with just about anyone who enjoys playing, has some technical ability and most importantly, has a good vibe. To me music is fun, a challenge, creates a feeling, an outlet for creative expression. I smile a lot when I play. I like to think I would resemble Steve Ferrone in style with an occasional outburst of Peart or Bonham. (

Screen name:
Kelly James
Member since:
Apr 23 2013
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Elvin Jones, Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Philly Joe Jones, Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Mark Craney, Dave Weckl, Ian Paice, Stewart Copeland, Steve Ferrone. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk. Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Pat Methany, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Jethro Tull, Police, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Toto, Zeppelin, Queen, UFO, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Killers, and last but not least, you!

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All of my equipment is top-of-the-line. I have a very beautiful 6 piece DW Collectors Series (w/22x20" Bass), Ludwig Black Beauty Snare and DW Maple Snare, all DW 9000 hardware, double bass pedals, 9 Zildjian K dark cymbals. Mic's, various percussion accessories. Suitable for any medium to an extremely large venue. I have a White Marine Pearl 4 piece DW Collectors series with 20"x16" Bass and smaller toms that is suitable for smaller venues.