Primary Affiliation: Mandala Music - Windsor, CA, USA
Jim was born in Los Angeles in 1934 to a stay at home mom and a senior prop man for MGM Studios. His musical mother began his piano lessons at age 7 years. He studied classical music until his teen years when he became intrigued by Jazz. Although he started a major in Political Science at UCLA, he quickly switched to music at LA City College. His first REAL job in editing came when he joined Desilu Productions in 1955 doing music editing for “I Love Lucy”, “December Bride” and “Our Miss Brooks”. In 1959 he went to Universal’s feature department and worked with many now famous composers and some classic and some forgettable projects. One of the highlights during this period was the work he contributed to “Spartacus”; others included “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Flower Drum Song”. With many predicting the death of his career, Jim went independent and traversed between film and music editing from 1964 to 1977. Around that time, he connected with Leonard Rosenman and acted as his music editor for several films in a row. He enjoyed a diverse and rewarding period of employment as a highly gifted craftsman and as a result in 1987, he began working with James Horner; a collaboration that continued until Mr. Horner’s untimely death in 2015.
Jim is currently trying to extricate himself, albeit ever so slowly, from the motion picture industry in order to devote his energies to the Sonoma County lifestyle.
SP2: Music Scoring for Film & TV: How It Was, Where It Is, Where It's Going (Presenter)