Inducted in 2013
Jim Glass was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but
his family moved to Edmonton and eventually to
San Francisco in 1967 where he started playing
the blues after hearing Albert King, Wes
Montgomery, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the
M.G.s and others perform at the Fillmore in San
Francisco. Although Jim's playing days
started in San Francisco, he moved to Los
Angles in 1969 and eventually to Chicago
in 1971, but then moved back to Los Angles in
In Los Angles Jim worked with the "Preacher
Ellis Band, "with the Great Sandy Nelson on
Drums & had a regional 45 record played on
the "XERB Wolfman Jack Show."
While in Los Angles, Jim saw an ad for a guitar
player for a touring band ("Down Home Band") in
Prescott, Arizona. He got the job &
moved to Paulden, Arizona in 1977 and to
Prescott, Arizona in 1980; working The Palace,
The Bird Cage and other venues in the Prescott
Jim moved to Phoenix in 1979 and then to Flagstaff
in 1982, performing at Charlie's, Monte Vista
and Mary's Cafe. In 1986 he moved
back to Phoenix where he joined "Drivin' Wheel"
with Small Paul & played until 1992 when he
joined Big Pete Pearson & The Blues
In 1999 Jim moved to San Diego where he worked
with the Jim Glass Band and then moved back to
Prescott in 2001 and reformed the Jim Glass
In 2003, Jim finally moved to Peoria and was
living there at the time of his induction into
the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.
Jim has also played with Tommy Dukes off
and on since '78. He played guitar with
HoneyBoy Dupree & the Smokehouse Players as
well as with Jimmy Peyton's Midnite Blues.
And has teamed up with Rena Haus as the
Glass-Haus Band and Tina Bailey as the Bailey
Jim's, including vocalists/keyboardist
Luann Lindemann, performed at the 2005
Mesa Blues Blast, sharing the stage with Michael
Burks, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and
working at a bar on Catalina Island, Jim did
an Album under the band name "Catalina," all
In Arizona, Jim has contributed to several
compilation albums such as “Blue
Saguaro (1993)" with Big Pete Pearson and the
Blues Sevilles, “Desert Blues (1996)"
as The Jim Glass Band and “Bluestown (1997)”
as The Glass-Haus Band (with Rena Haus).
Jim also has released many recordings of his
own material, including "Blues Fuse" (Jim
Glass Band) in 2005, "Liquid Glass" (Jim
Glass Blues Band, including Luann Lindemann)
in 2008, "Imaginary Highway" as Jim Glass and
Friends in 2008 and "Runnin with the Devil"
(with Tina Bailey) in 2012 as the Bailey Glass
Jim has also recorded with Tommy Dukes, Small
Paul, Big Pete Pearson and Krimson Chord.
In 1993, Jim
won the Best Guitarist award, All Star Band
Award (Phoenix New Times), while with the Big
Pete Pearson Band.
In 2004 Jim and his band placed among the
top three bands in the Arizona Blues Showdown
In 2006, Jim was with the Tommy Dukes &
the Soul Kings band, the band won second place
in the Arizona Blues Society's Blues Contest
and went to Memphis, Tennessee, to the
International Blues Challenge (IBC) in 2007.
In 2010, Jim was with the band Krimson Chord,
the band was a winner in the 2010 Arizona
Blues Showdown and went to Memphis, Tennessee,
to the IBC in 2011.
In 2013, Jim was inducted into the Arizona
Blues Hall of Fame (ABHOF).
While in the Phoenix area, Jim has played at
most of the popular music venues,
including Warsaw Wally's (also as Chopper
John's), Chuy's, Tony's New Yorker, Upstairs
Pub, Anderson's Fifth Estate, Mesa Amphitheater,
Mesa Arts Center, Dooley's, Mr. Lucky's, Chars
has the Blues, The Rhythm Room, Pappadeaux's,
Cooper'stown and others.
During his career, Jim has also shared the stage
with music greats such as Muddy Waters, Dr.
John, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Sam
Lay, & Taj Mahal.
Jim's induction into the ABHOF was on December
29, 2013 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix,
Arizona. At the time of his induction, Jim
was in the process of remaking his band one more
time, The Jim Glass Blues Band with Tim Finn
from Cold Shott on guitar, Ron Tropiano on bass
and Ed Sanchez on Drums.