Jim Talley is a lifelong pianist, keyboardist and piano teacher who started playing piano before the age of four! After studying classical music into his teenage years he studied jazz at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Ca with renowned teachers Ray Brown & Paul Nagle (Bobby McFerrin, Robben Ford) and began playing in many different bands in the 1980’s. Since then he has performed on various stages in the Bay Area and up and down the west coast of California with a wide variety of artists including Bob Weir, Eric McFadden, Karl Denson, Stu Allen, Dan Hicks, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, members of Monophonics, Vinyl, Mark Karan, Tony Saunders, Cole Tate, Barry Sless, Bobby Vega, North Beach Brass Band, LZ Phoenix, Lumanation, the Beautiful Losers, Jonny Mojo, Jenny Kerr, & many others.
His groups have opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steve Kimock, Merl Saunders, George Benson & Natalie Cole, Vinyl, Tommy Castro, Cake, the Mighty Diamonds, and a host of others.
He has appeared at many of the finest venues in the Bay Area including the Warfield Theatre, Great American Music Hall, Concord Pavilion, the Regency, Slim’s, Terrapin Crossroads, and many times at the old and the new Sweetwater Music Hall as well as House of Blues in L.A. He has performed at festivals ranging from the Haight St. Faire to the SF Pride Festival to the Oregon Country Faire.
His diverse musical tastes have led him into many different groups including the funk of LZ Phoenix, his original jazz-funk project Tres Mojo, the eclectic rock stylings of Eric McFadden & the Faraway Bros., the dub rock of Lumanation and the pop-rock of the Beautiful Losers.
Currently he is leading his dream band “Talley Up!”, a swampedleic New Orleans funk band featuring some of the finest players in Marin including Tom Finch (Big Brother & the Holding Co., Pamela Parker, S.F. Airship) on guitars & vocals, Jim Talley on keyboards and vocals, Jen Rund (Stu Allen, Lumanation, The Real Sarah’s) on bass and vocals, Michael Pinkham (New Monsoon, Scott Law) on drums as well as special guest artists.
“Talley Up!” mixes swampy psychedelic jammin’ funk originals with funky New Orleans covers from the Meters, Dr. John, Neville Bros., Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary and Dumpstaphunk along with a slew of vocal and instrumental funk songs to fill the dance floor! Talley Up performed 8 shows between 2017-2020 at Phil Lesh’s now legendary club Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, Ca including a Grate Room appearance in 2019. The band has just released their second live album “Alive in Marin” recorded at Terrapin Crossroads and the Fairfax Festival.
“You can not find a better New Orleans style band in the Bay Area than Talley Up!“
~ Mitch Stein (The Radiators, The Gatorators, Cryptical)
Keyboardist, Producer, Promoter
“Jim Talley is a great keyboardist! It’s a damn pleasure to play with him!!”
~ Eric McFadden (Parliament/Funkadelic, Eric Burdon)