He was informed by the images of film noir, the sounds of free jazz, the dynamics of James Brown and traded his piano for the sax. That's the brief sketch on the mystery that is James Chance, aka James White. His self-creation as a confrontational showman could've only come from the mind of a far-out jazz lover with an ear for funk, a conservatory background and a desire to be a part of Showbiz. Chance was unique, and there hasn't been one quite like him from downtown New York or anywhere else, before or since.
Chance was born James Siegfried in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 20, 1953. Raised on garage rock, he decided to teach himself jazz; he studied piano at a music conservatory in Milwaukee. "I wasn't... Read More