Jim Shannon was born in a small Texas town where he began music lessons at the age of 11. Jim helped pay for his first guitar with a paper route. His Mother was an accomplished pianist and artist. Both his Mother and Father loved music and were friends with a sax player who worked with the great Trombonist Jack Teagarden. It was this friend who said, "Keep up the music as no one can ever take that away from you!" Jim's Mother would take a bus to Dallas to see the Jazz greats of the time. Jim began leading his own band in high school. Jim later attended the University of North Texas, and was a member of the renowned 1:00 Lab Band under Leon Breeden. His work in Jazz clubs paid his way through college and was a major factor in his musical development. Finding himself in such a fertile musical environment he was forced to learn fast and to this extent was largely self taught by experience and surroundings. While working a seven year stint with an Organ B3 group at the Club Flamingo in Ft. Worth, Texas he was introduced to and/or played with such notable players as Red Garland, Hank Crawford, David 'Fathead' Newman, Julius Hemphill, Marchel Ivory, Mack Goldsbury, James Clay, Flo Green, Bob Stewart and Ornett Coleman. Jim has also performed with Jimmy Smith, Billy Hart, Ed Soph, Lee Konitz, The Les Elgart Orchestra among others. Shannon has given concerts and clinics at the University of North Texas, Weatherford College, El Centro College, Brookhaven College, San Angelo Jazz Festival, Oklahoma Charlie Christian Jazz Festival as well as other colleges and schools. Several of Jim's former students are now noted professionals including internationally known Jazz Guitarist, Bruce Foreman. During his formative years Jim studied with classical guitar master Regino Sanz De La Maza in Madrid and at Southern Methodist University. He also performed in master classes held by Pepe Romero and Jose Tomas. Jim released his first Jazz Album in 1980 to great reviews and solid air play. His second CD, Silent Voices was released in 2000. The review of Silent Voices in Cadence Magazine (a prestigious international Jazz CD review magazine) is quoted; 'Intense and melodic' Bright and free wheeling and full of the blusey accents that can't help but bring a smile to your face' 'A fun bent note swagger in his playing' 'This is more very good jazz guitar' Jim currently leads his own Jazz group and is Professor of music at Brookhaven College School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas where he teaches Jazz and Classical guitar plus Jazz Improvisation.
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