Jim Duffy: Home
Hello, this is Three Dots Music, the home base for the musical activities of Jim Duffy.
Thank you for visiting, and welcome. To hear some tunes, please visit the expanded Music page.
We'll be playing funky, rhythmic, psychedelic songs from pre-revolutionary Iran. Yes, it's Persian pop music from the 1960s and early '70s.
Yvette Perez will sing the tragic and romantic lyrics in the original Farsi, Peter Zummo will play trombone, Bill Ruyle will play hammer dulcimer, Jim Duffy will play keys, and Michael Evans will play drums and percussion.
The Cafe Nadery is a new, cozy spot that serves delicious Iranian food and culture. For the Mitra Sumara show on Friday, Dec. 6, there's no cover charge, but there is a $15 food or drink minimum. I hope you'll come down and check it out!
More info here, or at 212-260-5407.
To see recent video of Mitra Sumara performing at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, click here.
Graffiti From 1976, Newly Exposed
As I reported on Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, a wall in Lower Manhattan, at Broad Street and Front Street, on the waterfront overlooking New York Harbor, is being repaired. In the process, graffiti from July 4, 1976, has been exposed. Photos by Amy L. Anderson. Please have a look.
This item was picked up by the Our Town Downtown community paper and website.
Photo by Valeria Hermida in San Isidro, Argentina.
Jim Duffy -- that's me -- is a New York-based composer, keyboard player, session musician and occasional electric bassist.
Since 2000 or so, I have focused primarily on composing, recording and performing original instrumental music. My first album of original tunes -- I still call them albums -- was "Side One," which was released in 2004. My second album, "Mood Lit," was released in 2009. The third installment is in the works.
I have also done plenty of studio session work, playing on records by the Bottle Rockets, Sour Jazz, Greg Trooper, Reid Paley, the Fleshtones, Speedball Baby, Florence Dore, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Joe Flood, the Damnwells, Jim Koeppel, Will Rigby and many others. And I have performed on stage with rock and roll pioneer Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson.
In the 1980s, I co-founded and played bass guitar in the Boston band Rods and Cones, which was known for quirky grooves and for the unbridled performances of singer Chris Kelley.
In 1990, I moved to New York, where, along with guitarist and singer Chris Gray, I co-founded and played keyboards for the New York band Martin's Folly, which explored many forms of 20th century U.S. music.
In the oughts, I started recording original instrumental tracks, playing Wurlitzer electric piano and acoustic piano along with Dennis Diken on drums, Paul Page on bass and Lance Doss on guitar and lap steel. This group sometimes performs live as the Jim Duffy Combo.
Instrumental tunes are the main thing right now. A third full-length studio recording is in the works, plus some live performances.
And I'm part of a group called Mitra Sumara. We perform Persian pop music from the pre-revolutionary Iran, music from the 1960s and 1970s.
Mitra Sumara is led by Yvette Perez on vocals and features Peter Zummo on trombone, Sam Kulik on bass guitar, Julian Maile on Guitar, Jim Duffy on keyboard, Michael Evans on percussion and Brian Geltner on drums.
Meanwhile, I've been composing and recording the next full-length release of instrumental tunes. Also, playing some acoustic piano.
Again, thanks for visiting. Please have a look around, and a listen.
Here is a clip of Mitra Sumara performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12, 2012:
To see the entire concert of Mitra Sumara at the Kennedy Center, click here.
Assorted posts and essays:
Recent Listening: Mary Lou Williams, 801 Live, John Zorn
Opus No. 3 Is Under Way, and you're the first to know!
Random Notes and Updates: What this post lacks in flash, it makes up for in sincerity.
Non-Expression in Music: Does this essay make my ass look pretentious?
Rocking With Wanda: Rock and roll pioneer Wanda Jackson is finally getting her due. Here are some reminiscences from my brief stint as Wanda's piano player.
Last Call at the Lakeside Lounge: Notes on a rocking little venue's 15-year run, and its closing.
Notes From Zuccotti Park: Observations from a nearby office building.
Thank You, Burt Bacharach: Let's appreciate this man while we still have him.
While You Were Out: Experimental activities of a confidential nature.
The House of Hits: How my old Boston band Rods and Cones met a high-rolling starmaker, with world-shaking consequences -- but not for us!
Herm, Part 1: Time-traveling to a Saturday afternoon in 1981 when we tried to write an album.
The Early Rods and Cones, 1982: When you try to create something, you often end up with something quite different.
'Education in Love': Rods and Cones' greatest hit.
The Elliot Mouser Floating Blues Band: Thirty years after this band blew my mind, I started playing some gigs with them...
Play Me, I'm Yours: Sixty pianos, outdoors in New York, courtesy of British artist Luke Jerram. Here's a hands-on report.
Frank, Before and After, 1989. Here are some non-musical notes from a strange, outlier period.
Notes on Hank Jones (1918-2010): He was a jazz pianist with a magic touch and a graceful manner to match.