Jim Grantham is a professional saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and jazz educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His wide experience of thirty years includes concerts, recordings, shows, and ongoing freelance work with many of the major bands and contractors in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His jazz playing includes performances with Bobby McFerrin, George Cables, Eddie Moore, Mark Isham, Ed Kelly, and Frank Tusa, among many others. He has recorded with Jessica Williams and Eddie Henderson.
He studied music at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a graduate, Cum Summa Laude, of Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Jim has been teaching music theory and improvisation for over twenty-five years. He taught harmony, arranging, ear training and ensembles at Berklee College of Music, big band and jazz harmony at San Francisco State and was director of Jazz Studies at Cal State at Hayward.
He started a series of organized workshops and lessons in jazz theory and improvisation in 1977 at the Keystone Korner (noted jazz club in San Francisco—now defunct) that continue to the present time. He was on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Loft Jazz and The San Francisco Jazz Society.
Music can be custom tailored for your particular event, especially when appealing to a broad range of age groups. For instance, a typical wedding may include a classical duo/trio for the ceremony, solo-trio for cocktails, quiet instrumental dinner music, capped by an exciting dance band providing energy and fun.