Kelly James


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Student of percussion since the second grade, over 40 years. I am classically trained and play with an edge. I have continued my 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 jazz, and funk. Expert-level site reading. I was in several rock bands when I was younger and have played (for fun) ever since with sporadic forays with a variety of bands/genres. I have the time, flexibility, and desire to join a band. I can sight-read and play by ear, ability to play anything reasonably well right out of the gate and can master most things fairly quickly. Solid as 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, Mark Craney, 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 the finesse and dynamic control of jazz. My musical interest is broad. To me music is fun, a challenge, creates a feeling, an outlet for creative expression. I like to think I would resemble Steve Ferrone in style. Call or txt me if interested (three one oh, seven two one, eight four zero two).

Screen name:
Kelly James
Member since:
Apr 23 2013
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
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, Joe Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Philly Joe Jones, Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Mark Craney, Dave Weckl, Ian Paice, Stewart Copeland, Steve Ferrone, Lenny Giachello, Roy Burns, Charlie Wilcoxen.

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!

Instrument experience:

Other Percussion:


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 large venue. I have a White Marine Pearl 4 piece DW Collectors series (20"x16" Bass) suitable for jazz and smaller venues.