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Thursday, January 24, 2013

James Sweeting, Joe Caruso and Chris Smith

Bassist James Sweeting III – Bassist Born in Philadelphia in 1959 James was exposed to the great music scene of that City in the sixties and early seventies. Influenced by the music of the “Sound of Philadelphia” and the great bassist that were coming out of that city such as Stanley Clark, Christian McBride, Percy Heath, Jimmy Garrison and countless others, James initially sought to join his friends corner doo wap singing group but was persuaded to take up playing the instrument that most closely matched his vocal range, the bass, at the age of twelve. He studied at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and played in several local bands during his teenage years, in 1977 he took a break from music to go to college and then law school eventually becoming a successful attorney in the Central Florida area. After a twenty-five year hiatus James once again picked up the bass in 2002. He began playing for several local churches and developed into the principal bassist for the W.N. Mckinney Gospel Choir, his bass playing is featured on their 2007 release Testament, which is available at Target and on CD Baby as well as other outlets. James has enjoyed a resurgent musical career playing with such luminaries such as Bernie Lee, Dave LaRue, Larry Carlton, Bill White, Ray Lasome, Billy Hall, Sissy Peoples and many other artists. His faith has sustained him in his music and he gives glory to the Creator who has provided him with the opportunity to share the gift of music. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

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