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|Location:||Delray Beach, FL|
A native Floridian, Jim Dix began formal music education in 3rd grade with studies on violin and piano. In high school, he began performing professionally from classical trumpet gigs to fronting progressive rock band Onyx.
He went on to study voice, trumpet and keyboard at Florida Atlantic University, while performing with numerous and varied professional groups ranging from rock bands, vocal jazz ensembles, and jazz combos, to the Florida Symphonic Pops.
Jim also sang with vocal jazz groups at University of Miami and Western Michigan University, winning Outstanding Solo Jazz Vocalist award at the Western Michigan University Vocal Jazz Festival.
It was during this time that he began playing with guitarist Greg Kokus in a jazz, pop, and R&B duo called Cous Cous, appearing in venues from Miami to Jensen Beach.
In 1992, Jim moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music as a songwriting major. There he continued singing vocal jazz as tenor and soloist in the Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Recording Quartet.
After returning to South Florida, Jim began an extensive program of private study with Mary Walkley, a master vocal instructor in Miami. At this time, he also became a featured performer with The Bulldogs classic rock & soul horn band, a perennial favorite of South Florida.
Jim has also worked with Mary on techniques of teaching voice, and continues his studies with Mary Walkley to maintain ongoing growth and refinement of his understanding of vocal technique and performance.
In 2003, Jim released his debut solo album, Flowers from Eden, combining elements of R&B, Funk, Rock, and Jazz in all original songs.
Jim has also worked extensively with Gaffney Productions since 2004, performing on lead vocals, trumpet, and keyboard for weddings, corporate events, and private parties all over Florida.
In 2008, Jim performed regularly with The X-Factor, a classic pop metal band featuring Patrick Johannson, drummer for Yngwie Malmsteen. He also took the spot of lead vocals for Sound Chaser, a Yes tribute band.
Jim can now be seen fronting rock band Miss Dympsey's Class, belting out songs by AC/DC, Guns 'n' Roses, Bush, Velvet Revolver, Buckcherry, Stone Temple Pilots, and more.
Find Jim in a groove rock context with Enzyme – a high energy band combining rockin’ vocals and guitar combined with funk grooves and trumpet.
In addition to being a very active performer, Jim also offers private instruction for voice and trumpet. With the combination of formal music education and a long and ongoing career as a performing and recording artist, Jim is able to guide students to bring the technical and practical aspects of music performance into sharp and effective focus.