Jim Pfeifer is a solo composer/artist creating a variety of instrumental music for use in film/TV and advertising, combining elements of acoustic, indie, surf, retro, Americana, and orchestral arrangements. Jim is 2nd place winner of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition and member of a popular Beach Boys tribute act in the Phoenix area.

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My song "Give Me Park Avenue" has recently been placed in the TV show Real Housewives of New York City.

Bio

Jim started on guitar at the age of 12, studying with a Jazz guitarist during his high school years in Tucson, Arizona while playing in school Jazz Band and various classic rock bands. Early on he had a fascination with creating chord-melody arrangements of his favorite songs, which is where he learned harmony and arranging techniques.

During college he majored in Electrical Engineering but continued his studies with courses music theory, Jazz improvisation, and electronic music. He also gigged regularly playing in various bands performing in a variety of styles Tejano, Dixeland, Bigband Jazz, Top40, and Fusion. He began working at a local recording studio, helping songwriters arrange and record demos of their songs. He was inspired to start his own home studio during the 80s after working with so many other musicians who were taking advantage of the newly-available decent-quality gear coming to market for home studios.

After college lived in LA for several years where he worked as an engineer by day, and continued playing music on the side. He did several demo projects with New Age artist Michael Hoppe, as well as several children's music projects. In 1994 he moved to Phoenix to raise his family and continued to play with several bands in the Phoenix area.

He also started focusing on writing his own original material and doing session work on the side. Some of the session work included projects with Tommy DeVitto, one of the founding members of The Four Seasons (of Franki Valli fame). Jim started his own music blog in 2013 about composing and recording for home studios, called crazycomposer.com

He continues to write and record his own music in addition to actively gigging in the Phoenix area.

Jim is a 2nd place winner in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for his song "The Invasion of Mayberry"

Jim's music has been placed in TV shows on A&E, TLC Network, E! Channel in addition to corporate websites and podcasts.

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  • Member Since: 2013
  • Last Login: 9/16/2022

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John Walradt
4 weeks ago to Jim Pfeifer

This is really turning out to be a great series you're working on. "Signs Along the Lonesome Highway" is a particularly good piece. I like long stretches of open road as well. I think I've traveled nearly all of them in the Mojave, Colorado, and Great Basin deserts of California and Nevada. Favorites are CA 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy...also my inspiration for "Far From Home"), CA 78 to Blythe, Amboy Road, Kelbaker Road, Morning Star Mine Road (I took my little pickup at 80 mph over the waves in the road with no one around for miles), US 95, and some roads in the middle of Nevada. All of them were peaceful.

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Jim Pfeifer
4 weeks ago

Thanks so much John! I've lived in the Southwest for most of my life. I've spent a lot of time driving on roads with wide vistas where you see long lonely stretches of road, mountains in the distance, miles of open terrain with only a few small abandoned buildings on them. This kind of thing has always felt spiritual to me. I've often thought about musicians and songwriters that grew up in this kind of landscape and thought that it shaped their writing style also. Its amazing to think of all the great songwriters that came from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansans, ... (Roy Orbison, Jimmy Webb, Leon Russel, ... Pat Metheny ...) I can recall when I lived in New Mexico, driving home from college on a dark road where I didn't see another car for 200 miles. I even turned off my headlights and drove by moonlight on that road one time. Thanks for your kind words on this self-imposed album project I'm working on. I decided to go all in and try to write an entire album of music that I really enjoy. Its been really fun, and a lot of work. Hopefully I'll have some luck in finding a library to take my tracks, that's going to be my next task after I complete the album.

John Walradt
4 weeks ago

I think my favorite Jimmy Webb composition is "Wichita Lineman." A few others who lived in the desert or visited them frequently were Frank Zappa, Harold Budd, and Dewey Bunnell ("A Horse With No Name"). Jeana Potthoff put two albums on Amazon, Spotify, etc. I don't know how it's working out but she went through the ropes. Her albums are just beautiful. I have a new song up, "Raindrop Soul." Oh, and if you feel nostalgia for the old days when we drove the desert highways, go into the old cafes for burgers and fries; a favorite song is one of Bob Bentley's new ones from last spring, "Back to a Younger Me," which is a wonderfully great song.



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John Walradt
over 30 days ago to Jim Pfeifer

Jim, "Tripping in Zambia" is a wonderful piece, full of variations and definitely the psychedelic sound. It's also the best tune the Ventures never recorded!
John

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Jim Pfeifer
over 30 days ago

Thanks so much John!! I really appreciate the comments



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John Walradt
over 30 days ago to Jim Pfeifer

Jim, your retro Americana series is going along great. "Bar Room Brawl in Bakersfield" is an entertaining, strong tune that rocks. These days, of course, it would end with gunfire, especially in Phoenix. I have to feel sorry for any poor soul who gets stuck in Amarillo. Your tunes have the feel of the titles you've given them. It's a great sounding series you're working on. John

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Jim Pfeifer
over 30 days ago

Thanks so much John, you don't know how encouraging this is for me to hear. I started this album project as a bit of chance, not knowing if I could pull it off. Its great to hear that someone "gets" what I trying to do and understands the vibe that I'm going for. Yes, Bar Room Brawls these days are not fist fights, and yeah, if you've ever been stuck on the side of the road in Amarillo you might understand why I used some of those sounds.



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