Welcome to the Official Jim Bizer website.
Here you will find what is up with me and my music. Recently I mentioned here that I’m making my first solo recordings in many years. I had planned on a late 2023 release date but for various reasons I’m pushing that back a bit – probably spring 2024. Join my mailing list or follow me on Facebook and I will keep you posted!
Tuesday, December 12th 2023 -
Music My Mother Would Not Like
Asheville, North Carolina
A virtual concert on Zoom featuring me and two other performers (TBD). Hosted virtually in Asheville, anyone in the world with an internet connection can attend. More details to come.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Saturday, January 6th 2024 -
Yellow Room Gang
314 S. Main
Ann Arbor, MI
The Yellow Room Gang – Matt Watroba, Kitty Donohoe, Michael Hough, Annie Capps, David Barrett, David Tamulevich, Jan Krist and yours truly Jim Bizer return to the Ark for our annual post-New Year’s concert. Songs, surprise and camaraderie.
Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages.
Gigging since age 14 and a career musician all of his adult life, Jim’s been around the musical block. He’s an accomplished musician, with a comfortable, deep groove and a restless imagination. His songs are a unique blend of humor, catchy melodies, and his own personal view of the essential craziness of being human.
Growing up in Detroit, Jim was exposed to (and fascinated by) a widely varied spectrum of music. Educated on French horn, self-taught on guitar and piano, he studied music theory at the University of Michigan before embarking on an equally varied music career: “cover” musician, session player, composer for radio spots and a weekly television series. A songwriter since his early teens, it took some time before Jim made this his primary focus – once he did, his songs quickly earned accolades: he’s been a winner or finalist in numerous national songwriting competitions.
Jim has two solo CDs to his credit: “Closer To The Surface”, twelve songs of love, life, insanity and natural disasters; and “Connected”, with another dozen of Jim’s remarkable songs, including the award-winning “We Are All Connected”.
In addition to his solo career, Jim creates and performs with his longtime friend and collaborator, Jan Krist. Together, they have produced two recordings: “Influence”and “Too”. Both Jim & Jan are part of The Yellow Room Gang, a songwriters’ collective featuring several well-known Michigan performers. Four Yellow Room Gang CDs, with songs from all the members, are now available.
And he doesn’t stop there – Jim, Jan and Jan’s husband Alan have joined forces with the popular roots duo Annie & Rod Capps to form the powerhouse band Diamonds in the Rust. Jim is also a pivotal member of the rollicking folk/roots-rock/slightly bluegrassy/party gospel band Floyd King & the Bushwackers. And he’s a sideman for various other Detroit area musical aggregations. In addition to his performing career, he leads songwriting and guitar workshops and hosts MAMA’s Coffeehouse, a monthly acoustic music concert series in suburban Detroit.