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About Jim Alfredson

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Jim Alfredson is currently the organist and leader of the jazz trio organissimo. Jim comes from a musical family. His father earned a living as a professional musician for many years and encouraged Jim's talents from a very young age. Some of Jim's earliest memories include pulling on the drawbars of his father's Hammond B3 at the age of four.

Jim began writing his own songs at the age of eight on a Yamaha organ. A score of synthesizers and multitrack machines followed until he came full circle at age sixteen and began lusting after the sound of the Hammond organ once again. Jim has immersed himself in the study of the mighty Hammond B3 ever since, dedicated to uncovering new directions within the great tradition of the instrument.

He is also the former organist and musical director of the highly successful, award-winning rhythm & blues band Root Doctor (1999 - 2009).

Jim lives with his beautiful wife Alison in Lansing, MI. Besides composing, listening, and performing music, Jim enjoys cooking, home improvement, and spending time as a stay-at-home dad to his daughters Zora, Stella & Scarlett. Jim is also a piano tuner / technician in the Lansing area. And he runs the organissimo jazz forums, one of the top three jazz discussion forums on the net.

Jim is a Hammond-Suzuki endorsed artist and plays the new Hammond XK-3 with the full XK System and a Leslie 3300 on most gigs.

In early 2009 Jim engineered, produced, performed on and arranged Greg Nagy's debut solo CD "Walk That Fine Thin Line", which is currently nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the WC Handy Awards) for Best Debut. He also contributed his writing to the disc and designed the artwork.

In late 2009 Jim released a very limited edition solo CD dedicated to the memory of his father called "In Memorandom".

Jim is co-founder of the label Big O Records based in Lansing, MI.

Jim Alfredson joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 13, 2010