Jim Seeley (trumpet), after his formal studies at the Berklee College of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he joined the sextet of veteran drummer Dick Berk. After three years with Berk, he joined the Ray Charles Orchestra where he played alongside fellow trumpeter Johnny Coles. After recording and touring the world with Charles, Mr. Seeley returned to Los Angeles and freelanced with musicians such as Bill Holman, Gerald Wilson, Harry James, Woody Herman, and Artie Shaw.
Since moving to New York in 1990, Mr. Seeley has collaborated with Tonight Show saxophonist Ralph Moore, Lester Bowie, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Louie Bellson, Max Roach, The Charles Mingus Big Band, Albert Sarko, Chico O'Farrill, Barry Wedgle, and the Victor Rendon/Armando Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble. For the past several years, Mr. Seeley has periodically returned to his native Kansas to conduct clinics, workshops, and concerts at many high schools and universities.
Presently, Jim Seeley is a fixture of the New York jazz gig band scene, playing with the Chico O’Farrill Afro Latin Big Band as well as the Lincoln Center Afro Latin Orchestra – both led by Arturo O’Farrill.