Jim Ralph – Keyboard

Jim Ralph Photo

Jim Ralph is a 25-year veteran of the music industry, having performed coast to coast from Victoria, BC to St. John’s NF, as far north as Alert, NU. Jim has also performed at a series of concerts in Europe and the north-eastern United States.

Jim began his professional career playing organ at high school hockey games and keyboard instruments at local nightclubs in and beyond the Annapolis Valley, NS. After moving into the Halifax music scene in 1990, Jim decided to pursue a full-time career in music and traveled to Boston to attend the renowned Berklee College of Music in 1995. There he studied with Dave Limina, Livingston Taylor, Tony Lada, and others, and graduated with honours in 1999. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from music legends David Bowie and Wayne Shorter, Jim returned to Nova Scotia and joined the Matt Minglewood band. Jim has toured extensively throughout the country, and had opportunities to perform with such artists as Jeff Healey, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Dutch Mason, Roxanne Potvin, Oakley, and many others. In 2004, Jim received an ECMA for his part in creating the Matt Minglewood Band’s Live at Last CD, which won Blues Album of the Year that year.

Jim’s latest passion is for teaching music, and has embarked on a mission to share his experiences with the musicians of tomorrow and help each student realize their own talents and dreams. A recent graduate from St. Francis Xavier University’s Bachelor of Education program, Jim teaches music and other subjects at the Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre in Port Hawkesbury, NS. He continues to perform with many music acts and productions, including The Ships of 1801, The Sounds of Motown, JD Clarke, and many others.