Jim French (musician)

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Jim French
Born (1954-07-15) July 15, 1954 (age 66)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
GenresAvant-garde jazz, post-hardcore
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsThree Mile Pilot

Jim French (born July 15, 1954) is an American avant-garde jazz saxophonist. He has performed with Diamanda Galás and Henry Kaiser as well as frequently collaborated with post-hardcore group Three Mile Pilot. Recognized for his virtuoso saxophone playing, French is also known to have created most of the instruments he plays, such as the "Frenchophone," and for crafting custom mouthpieces for prominent artists such as Pharoah Sanders.


French was born on July 15, 1954 in Oklahoma City. He began crafting custom instruments when he was still a boy and became influenced by the indigenous music of North America. In 1970s, French moved to San Diego and became a leading figure in the local avant-garde jazz scene.[1] His first recorded appearance was on 1977's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, a spoken-word, solo comedy record by Vivian Stanshall. French released his only album in 1979, titled If Looks Could Kill. It is notable for being the recording debut of avant-garde vocalist Diamanda Galás and the involvement of guitarist Henry Kaiser.[2] As a lover of ritual, French appeared on the premiere recording of "Music from the Island of Anaphoria" playing alongside some of the Islands finest musicians [1]. During the 90's, French collaborated multiple times with indie rock band Three Mile Pilot appearing on their albums Nà Vuccà Dò Lupù, The Chief Assassin to the Sinister and Another Desert, Another Sea.



  1. ^ Sutro, Dirk (April 28, 1992). "Making the Long Voyage Back to Music of the Vikings". Los Angeles Times: 1. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Jim French: If Looks Could Kill > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 3, 2016.

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