Jim La Forte(58) has been a presence on the Kansas City music scene since 1961. He started out at age thirteen, singing at school dances and sock hops. By the time he was fifteen, he was working local night clubs. At 21 he hit the road, playing all over the U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico.
Jim has shared billing with jazz legend Kevin Mahogny, Bloodstone, Wayne Cochran and Albert King. He was also in one of the featured acts for the Grand Re-opening of Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine District in 1999. Members of Jim’s bands have gone on to play with Bill Chase, Fleetwood Mac, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Al Stewart and Ray Manzarek of the Doors.
These days he again makes his home in K.C. Jim plays in several venues each week and several charties each year, including those for battered women and children and healthcare for the indigent. The Kansas City Blues Society’s BLUES NEWS describes him as KC’s “Powerful Blues Shouter.”
CATFISH PIZZA BREAKFAST – Released 2006
Along with Jim, you will hear 26 of Kansas City’s finest musicians and singers. All are old friends. Some are Kansas City Legends. All are cream of the crop. Co-Producers are Jim and keyboardist and actor(Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Truman) Allen Monroe.
Lead Vocals– Jim La Forte
Duet Vocals– Diane “Mama: Ray and Mo Paul
Background Vocals– Lori Tucker, Allen Monroe, Gary Gardner
Phil Castro, Doug Attala, Adrian Bauman and Dan Jones
Keyboards – Allen Monroe, Everette Devan, Rich Van Sant
and “Funky Bill” Maness
Guitars – Tom De Masters, Rick Hendricks, Monte Muza,
and Jay Eu Daly
Bass – Michael Dinwiddie
Drums – Don Glaza, Bob Jolley, Marc Caplan and Eric Potter
Percussion – James “Ham” Strawn and Alan Boyce
Harmonicas – Mo Paul and Dan Jones
Trumpet – Tony Swischer
Saxaphone – Adrian Bauman
Trombone – Bill Capell
Flugelhorn – David Van Fleet
GOD BLESS AND GOOD LISTENING!