Jim Pugliese is a drummer, percussionist and composer. In his most recent work he combines years of experience improvising, playing new and experimental music and world music.
Jim grew up listening to and playing soul music and rhythm and blues. He went on to study percussion with Raymond Des Roches and by the age of eighteen he had recorded the music of Edgar Varese and Charles Wuorinen for Nonsuch Records. He continued performing and or recording new music with John Cage, Lukas Foss, Kent Nagano and Philip Glass. He spent twelve years as a member of Dean Drummond’s Newband and The Harry Partch Ensemble, studying and performing microtonal music. During this same period he developed an interest in Afro-Cuban music and studied drumming and rhythm with Master Drummer Pablo Landrum.
For the last twenty years, while living in the east village of New York City, Jim has been improvising and recording with many of downtowns most prominent composer/improvisers including John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Bobby Previte and Anthony Coleman. He has recorded on over ninety CD's of new music, jazz, rock and movie soundtracks. Jim has established himself as both performer and composer throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1993 the new music group Newband recorded his composition FREEZE for the Mode recording label. In 1998 Jim was selected as Artist In Residence at Harvestworks in NYC where he recorded his solo CD "Sonic Soul". He performs regularly with Philip Glass and on November 23rd, 1997 Avant released the first cd for his collaborative trio Easside Percussion with Christine Bard and Michael Evans.
In his ongoing quest to explore the powerful, enlightening and spiritual secrets of drumming Jim is currently collaborating with Nii Tettey Tetteh master musician from Ghana, continuing his work with Milford Graves on learning drumming and healing through the heartbeat and studying the spiritual songs of the Mbira Dzavadzimu from Zimbabwe.
His current projects include a collaborative band "IDR" with Marco Cappelli, exploring the relationship between Southern Italian Folk Music and Improvisation and his band "Phase III" whose latest CD "Live At Issue Project Room NYC won best new release of 2008 in "All About Jazz New York".