Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jimi Durso first became passionate about music when hearing Jimi Hendrix in junior high-school. Growing up in a small town in upstate New York, with no access to instruction, he set about trying to emulate the blues and blues-based music he’d fallen in love with. This soon lead to the discovery of jazz, reggae, metal, folk, classical, and even hidustani sounds, all of which he tried to absorb and include in his musical vision.
Jimi has been performed with and been part of many different musical groups, including ska groups the Scofflaws, the Toasters, RBC, and Defactos, jazz artists such as Ray Anderson, T.K. Blue, and Piltdown Man, as well as indie rock groups such as Erratci Sculpture and PUD. He currently performs and records with the multi-stylistic Coincidence Machine, which is a showcase for the songs he writes. Most of his songs come from a deeply spiritual place, having battled and emerged victorious from a long-standing struggle with depression.
Jimi is also an educator, sharing his skills and knowledge with private students as well as writing for DownBeat magazine and Bass Musician Magazine.
BA in Psychology from SUNY Stonybrook, 1992.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Graduate courses in Psychology, New School for Social Research 1996
Classes in Ethnomusicology at Hunter College 1998
Studied guitar with:
*Richard Rabbatin 1985-1988
*David Doig 1987-1988
*Steve Salerno 1988-1990
*Jerry Willard 1988-1992
Studied bass with:
*Lynn Milano 1992-1994
*Michael McGee 1994-1996
*Todd Coolman 1997
*Ian Murphy 1998-2000
Teaching at the following:
*DownBeat Music 1987-1990
*Focus II 1989-1991
*Three Village Music 1991-2000
*Comtemporary Music Institute (Beijing) 2006
*The Music Gallery 1999-2008
*Sid Jacobson Center 2002-2005
*Stella K Abraham High School (HALB) 1999-present
*Private students 1988-present
*Jazz Improvisation: Advice from the Masters 2004
*DownBeat Magazine 2004-present
*Bass Musician Magazine 2011-present
*Piltdown Man Dogbreath 1991
*Ensemble Uniqua Life Songs, Life Journey 1997
*Piltdown Man Blues Explorations 1998
*Defactos Birth 1998
*National Boulevard Last Cigarette 2004
*RBC Pleasure Ep 2009
*No Mud No Lotus Waves of Time 2010
*Piltdown Man Primordial Selections 2012
*Coincidence Machine Upside Out 2012
*Adam Baranello Raise the Flag 2012
Jimi has also written and recorded many songs that have appeared in movies and television programs such as That Metal Show, Secret Lives of Women, Runway Moms, Kids Are In Charge, Emeril Green, and 5 Takes Europe, among others. Jimi also placed twice in the Julius Hemphill Composer’s Contest Small Ensemble category for the years 1999 and 2002, and was commissioned to write a piece for New York’s Miniaturist Ensemble.
Jimi has played all over the Long Island/New York City/New Jersey area, as well as in Beijing, Amherst MA, Peoria IL, Roanoke VA, and other places with many different artists, including the following: