A veteran songwriter, solo performer, band leader, producer, and session guitarist, Jim Vick has received numerous arts and performance awards for his work in the U.S. and has shared the stage with many much bigger names in the music world. But these days, Jim performs regularly on the south Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in the little surf and ecotourism town of Puerto Viejo, Limon. His multi-instrument one-man-jam-band shows and duo sets with former Skatalites jazz and reggae keyboardist Cameron Greenlee are featured at some of the area's finest performance venues, including La Costa de Papito in Cocles Beach - now 8 years running - and the Lazy Mon and Hot Rocks in downtown Puerto Viejo.
While currently at work on the forthcoming BHAKTI BLUE, an album of new songs based on the Sufi poetry of Rumi, Jim's most recent release, PUNTA RASTA, combines the reggae and calypso sounds of the Caribbean with bluesy guitar, Latin jazz, Afropop, and even a bit of Celtic American folk in a musical "rondon" stew that one fan calls "Latin Americana." It's now available on disc and for downloading here and at most major online distributors, including iTunes, Bandcamp, and Amazon, and for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Prime.
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"Jim Vick's creative fusion of jazz-rock, folk, ethnic, and pop elements makes for some of the most refreshingly vital music to appear in sometime . . . a songwriter unafraid to take risks with both words and music." - Tom Bingham, OP Magazine
"an eclectic blend of folky jazz with a solid dose of world rhythms" - Kenny Hart, The Singing Songwriter and Indie-Music.com
"the thinking man's jamband" - Chris Armodida, Gida-Folk