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Charles James Jaffe

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I was invited to join The Colorblind James Experience as their keyboardist shortly after I moved to Rochester in the early 1990'sThe Colorblind James Experience was an alternative roots/pop/rock band founded in 1980 in San Francisco Bandleader and singer/songwriter/guitarist "Colorblind" James Charles Cuminale was originally from Rochester, New York but assembled early versions of what would become the Experience in Oswego, New York before relocating to San Francisco. After a couple years of mixed results there, the band regrouped and moved again, this time back to Rochester which remained its home base until Cuminale's premature death in 2001. The band enjoyed brief fame in the UK and Europe after BBC DJ John Peel gave the Experience some exposure, and their music has made a deep and lasting impression. Their "Dance Critters" single reached number 10 on the UK Indie Chart, while their albums Colorblind James Experience and Why Should I Stand Up reached numbers 5 and 13 respectively.  Sometimes humorous  ("The music stopped. And then it started again."), laced with a profoundly questioning spirituality; their music blended elements of polka, country, cocktail jazz, blues, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, rock & roll and other genres. The band's sound was to a large extent inspired by the "old, weird America" famously chased by Bob Dylan and The Band during their Basement Tapes period, but other prominent influences included Ray Charles, Randy Newman, and Van Morrison. Their line-up changed repeatedly over the years, and their third album was released under the name of Colorblind James and the Death Valley Boys."

 

 

Members

Rita Coulter, John Ebert, Gary Holt, Charles Jaffe, Chuck Cuminale (Colorblind James), James McAvaney, Tommy Tromontana

Past members

 

Uncle Phil Marshall, Kevin McDevitt, Gene Tighe, Thad Iorizzo, Dan O'donnel, Dave Fisher, Scott Young, G. Elwyn Meixner, Bernie Haveron, Ken Frank, Dave McIntire, John Ebert, Carl Gedt, Ian Cranna, Joe (The Bone) Colombo, Bob Miller, Lou Alano, Gary Holt, Ethan Lyons

THE COLORBLIND JAMES EXPERIENCE
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GRASSROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
EVERY YEAR WE HOSTED A BIRTHDAY BASH FOR BOB DYLAN AND HUNU MAKES IT HAPPEN STILL
MICHAEL HURLEY AS CORNBREAD
RASS
THE DADY BROTHERS; MY BROTHERS
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Lost Colorblind Album
I Could Be Your Guide
SOME CD'S I'VE PLAYED ON
Tim Shea and Mike Latowsky
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curran album
SMOKIN' SECTION

BARE BONES

Currently, my band

The Maria Gillard Band
GREEN FLASH
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SOME FRIENDS
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SOME BANDS I'VE PLAYED WITH
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