A New York State of Mind

Jiim Piela is a New York City-based saxophonist, composer and educator. After earning his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, he completed his graduate studies at NYU in 2015 and has since been performing and recording as both a sideman and leader. He leads a jazz group under his own name, as well as the Planetary People, a funk/groove based ensemble. His compositions and recordings have been featured at several international film competitions through his work with Boink!, a NYC-based dance company. Jim has recorded two albums for Momentous Records, most recently the 2016 release Non-Fiction, Recorded at Crooked Creek Studio with his quartet (Trevor Brown, bass; Mike Verselli, keyboards; Josh Bailey, drums), the music is inspired by the storytelling aspects of Slaughterhouse Five, the classic Kurt Vonnegut novel.

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A 2019 "basement session" performance of Jim Peiela's composition "Early Bird." That's Jim on sax, Joey Lamb on trumpet, Bob Sabin on bass and Josh Bailey on drums. You can listen to Jim's studio recordings at Bandcamp and Spotify.



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