James Chance

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

James Siegfried, Milwaukee, USA. Having moved to New York where he initially took the name James Chance, this experimental saxophonist forged the uncompromising Teenage Jesus And The Jerks with Lydia Lunch in 1976. The following year he left to form the Contortions, who debuted in 1978 on No New York, which chronicled the city’s seminal no wave movement, an experimental fusion of punk with free jazz. In 1979 Chance issued the ‘solo’ EP, Theme From Grutzi Elvis, prior to changing his name and founding a new act, James White And The Blacks. The members of his previous group, Pat Place (guitar), Jody Harris (guitar), George Scott III (bass) and Don Christensen (drums), accompanied the saxophonist on his album debut Off White. Three years later, the equally challenging Sax Maniac was issued on Chris Stein of Blondie’s Animal label. Recorded following a four-year hiatus during which Pat Place left to form the Bush Tetras, it showed White’s...

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