Jim Bashford hails from the Midlands UK started playing drums age 10 and was influenced by the rock/progressive rock and jazz scene worldwide, he was mainly self taught for the first 6 years then he studied drums under Steve Palmer.

After 14 years of playing as a sideman in bands covering all genres and also working in construction full time whilst studying on a popular music course, Jim then moved on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire for the BMus (Hons.) jazz course where he continued under drum tutors such as the great Tony Levin, Gene Calderazzo, Jeff Williams and Malcolm Garrett.                                              

The CONSTRUCTION quartet formed by Jim performed a tour in 2010 of original compositions with Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson, Johnny Brierley bass and Robin Fincker sax and clarinet.

The quartet was then joined by Tim Harries on bass with a recording to follow called CENTRELINE THEORY which has recently been released on LEO Records 2017.

Jim is a member of no less than 20 different ensembles and tours extensively throughout the UK and Europe, including appearances at London jazz venues such as the Barbican Centre,  The Vortex and Kings Place;  He has also performed in prestigious international jazz festivals including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Juan le pins Jazz Festival and future engagements at the London Jazz Festival. Jim has also worked with a diverse range of artists such as Drew Gress, Liam Noble, Paul Dunmall, John O Gallagher, Julian Siegal, Tim Harries, Robin Fincker, Hilmar Jensson, Soweto Kinch, Omar, Dave Sinclair, Katie Melua, Illspokin.

Jim is endorsed by CANOPUS drums Tokyo. http://www.canopusdrums.com/en/