Jim Pitchforth graduated from Leeds College of Music in 1995. He studied music with some of the leading Jazz and Contemporary musicians in the UK. Whilst at Leeds he performed all over Europe at various functions / Jazz festivals.
In the early 90’s Jim recorded a solo album for Warner Bro’s, which led to performing in several UK touring theatre shows.
Jim continues to perform as a session musician primarily with tribute shows, and with corporate function bands. He also has his own Swing show in which he delivers a selection of classic tunes from the swing greats. Jim performs this show solo or with a Big Band and uses the name Jamie Forth
Since 2015 Jim has had the privilege to work with the amazing Jane McDonald as her percussionist and backing singer. He has been backing and performing duets with Jane on her sold out UK theatre tours. He is also a member of the Jane McDonald band in the Channel 5 award winning hit TV show “Jane and Friends” where he and the band accompany Jane and numerous singing celebrities.
Jim’s percussion and vocals can also be heard in the Channel 5 BAFTA award winning TV show “Cruising with Jane McDonald” His vocal is also featured on the 2018 top ten CD “Cruising with Jane McDonald”. You can hear him on the track “Step Back in Time”.
In 2018 Jim ended the year by performing with Jane at the Leeds First Direct Arena to over 5,000 people. This show was filmed and released on DVD. in 2019 it reached no. 3 in the UK DVD charts. Jim performs two duets with Jane “Baby it’s cold outside” and Fairytale of New York.”
After a sell out tour and filming “Jane and Friends series 3” Jim ended 2019 by returning to the Leeds First Direct Arena, and also this time Birmingham Arena.2020 looks set to be another busy year with another Uk tour with Jane McDonald. Jim will also be performing on the Royal Caribbean ship “Anthem of the Seas” in September.
“Jim has a rich soulful voice with an earthy blues feel. He is an enthusiastic performer, brimming with energy and professionalism.”
Jim is available for all kinds of professional engagements with his solo show, or with different size bands to suit any budget.
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