I use an accordion to access, via MIDI connections, a multi-variety of electronic modules/keyboards. They provide a full orchestration behind my performance. I specialize in smooth dance music (swing, foxtrot, waltzes, rumbas, polkas, etc.) but I can also do light rock, line dances, and country western and just plain easy listening. I can scale my performance from a small living room with just an acoustic accordion up to larger venues with over $70,000 of equipment, including the P.A. - I'm completely self-contained. I've been a musician/vocalist for over 40 years and have played cruise ships, corporate events, Oktoberfests, country clubs, and anniversaries. You'll love my sound.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Website: Visit website
The following was an article written about me in Coast Magazine:
Listening to Yorba Linda local Jim Gilman tell stories about his 53-year-long relationship with the accordion is something akin to curling
up with a book written by a favorite author: The tales, despite the fact that you’ve never heard them before, are nonetheless the slightest bit
familiar. They’re also funny, and definitely quirky. There’s “Wedding on a Plane,” the story about a radio contest that found Gilman speeding to the nearest East L.A. freeway exit to audition over a gas station pay phone, only to lose out at the last minute to Myron Floren of “Lawrence Welk Show” fame. Years later, Gilman met Floren in Las Vegas, where he joked with him about “stealing” the contest. Then there’s “My First Professional Gig,” the one where Gilman’s father spotted an ad in a Long Beach newspaper in 1969 looking for an accordion player to replace an aging street performer at Knott’s Berry Farm. “Wanted: Accordion Player,” recalls Gilman. “Hadn’t seen an ad like that before, haven’t seen one since.” If it was serendipity that called to Gilman to continue his practice of the accordion, he’s taken full advantage of it. That first job at Knott’s Berry Farm, at 40 hours a week while wearing a monk’s robe (“That first day nearly killed me,” says
Gilman, “because, you know, that accordion was heavy”) was challenging, especially for a kid also trying to graduate from Cal State Long Beach. But if you ask Gilman, he’ll tell you he had hit the big time at $1.85 an hour, “plus the fact that I was in show biz,” he says enthusiastically. That first full-time job led to an investment in a new electric accordion and the opportunity to walk on with bands that
needed an extra player at the last minute (“One of the best lessons I’ve ever had,” says Gilman), and finally to a bulletin board looking for band members. “So we found ourselves a drummer, rehearsed for a week and auditioned for an agent,” he says. “He told us we open in Wisconsin in three weeks.” The band, "Free and Easy", traveled the country for years, eventually dissolving when family obligations of the various members became a priority, and Gilman went solo, relying on his Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-equipped accordion to create the illusion of an entire band with only one man at the helm. “Technology has come a long way since my first $77 accordion,” says Gilman. “Now, all of a sudden, with MIDI, you have a full orchestra.”
Additional Booking Notes
If I'm setting up my usual rig, I need approximately an area 10 foot by 15 foot to accommodate my equipment. If just playing acoustic accordion, obviously much smaller - maybe just a stool.
I arrive in an Isuzu box truck with a lift gate. Because all my equipment is on carts, I need to know if there will be stairs, curbs, etc. to negotiate.
I allow myself about an hour and a half to set up my equipment (not counting the time required to get 4 carts of equipment from the truck to the stage). Ballrooms on upper stories of hotels obviously require more time on my part for cartage. Please let me know if this is the case.
Partial list of equipment/instruments I might utilize:
Yamaha Tyros 4 keyboard
Yamaha PSR 3000 keyboard
Ketron XD-3 module
Roland VR-09 keyboard
Mackie 16 channel mixer
2 QSC amps - 1 for main speakers, 1 for monitors
Alesis 8 channel equalizer
additional sound equipment, reverb etc.
all mics, keyboard stands, music stands,
I come completely self-contained
Past Booked Events
|August 29, 2016 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|March 12, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|Adrian Tapia||Saxophone - Alto, Tenor, Soprano|