JIM CHEADLE is a pianist/keyboardist in the
Philadelphia/Wilmington area. He has been around for over 30
years and can be heard on many recordings including his own
fusion band Sahara, which recorded for Columbia Records during
the late 1970s. Sahara opened for such bands as Chick Corea
and Michael Urbaniak at several top Philadelphia venues.
Jim was part of the Philly International hit making scene and was
a staff writer with April-Blackwood Music, writing songs with
producer Jerry Ross for such notables as Jerry Butler, Harold
Melvin and The Blue Notes and The O'Jays. Jim spent some time
in South Florida where he was part of the fusion scene that
launched the careers of Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine. Jim has
also played and recorded with Don Cornell, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The
Four Aces, Grover Washington Jr. and The Soul Survivors.
For ten years, Jim was a Professor in the Jazz Department of
Rowan University and he has a private teaching studio in
Swedesboro, NJ. He owns 9 South Productions, a full-service
recording studio in Swedesboro, NJ. 9 South Productions
produces music for Radio, TV and Film, fully orchestrates
backgrounds for songwriters and vocalists along with multi-track
recording for bands and complete mastering and duplication.
Jim's latest project is called, BingBangBoom! BBB has been
together playing in and around the Wilmington/Philadelphia area
since 2002. Their sound combines Jazz/Fusion with many
nuances including traditional Jazz, Blues and Latin. BBB's CD, Life
At The Top Of The Food Chain, is available!