Jim Howe began playing drums in Louisville, Kentucky., when he was nine. He has been playing Nursing Home Swing gigs since 2009 as the leader of the Jim Howe quartet, which originally featured Jason Lyman on guitar, Lew Burrus on bass, and Joe Tucker vibes. In other Nursing Home Swing appearances Jim has played with musicians such as Hod O'Brien, ACME Swing Mfg. Co., Charles Owens, Jonah Kane-West, Katherine Shaver, Haywood Giles, Dick Orange, and pretty much everyone else in the Charlottesville jazz scene.
Jim was the regular drummer for B3 organist George Melvin's South Street Brewery group with Jamal Milner and Dave Sanford, and also played for many years with ACME Swing Mfg. Co. While he is especially happy playing in small groups, Jim also enjoys driving the big band swing of the 17-piece big band Sentimental Journey and currently also plays with the 180 Band and with $12 Bacon featuring Waverly Milor. Jim has also done studio work that has ended up on network TV and for the Whole Foods Market YouTube channel.
Many of Jim's musician friends are unaware of his distinguished career in materials science and engineering research. A Ph.D. in materials science at the University of California Berkeley led to his current position as the Thomas Goodwin Digges Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Director of the Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility at the University of Virginia, where his research interests include phase transformations, crystallography and diffraction, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy.
Jim's next Nursing Homes Swing current quartet will be at Morningside of Charlottesville on October 22nd.