Drummer and percussionist Jim Black has become one of the most in-demand drummers in avant-garde jazz and experimental rock since emerging as a key member of the New York downtown scene during the '90s. After growing up in Seattle, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee and began performing and recording with Human Feel, which also included guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and reedmen Chris Speed and Andrew D'Angelo. In 1991 Black moved from Boston to New York City (as did many others who would become prominent in the N.Y.C. avant jazz world). He became a member of Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, the Ellery Eskelin Trio, and Pachora. In addition to his regular performances and recordings in these groups, Black also played with Ben Monder, Ned Rothenberg, Stephane Furic, Dave Binney, Cuong Vu, and many others. Black developed a multi-tasking approach to drumming with a constant flow incorporating various objects from bells to bowls to hand drums, wowing countless live audiences and helped to bring a new generation of listeners to jazz and improvised music.