Jim Prescott - AKA Jimi Jazz of G Love and Special Sauce (part 1 of 2)

The Travelling Entertainer

Dec 13 2019 • 51 mins

The Travelling Entertainer welcomes legendary bass player Jim Prescott, AKA Jimi Jazz of G Love and Special Sauce to the program.

Born in Vermont, Jim “Jimi Jazz” Prescott's formative years were spent in various North East and New England towns, completing high school at North Kingstown Senior High School in Rhode Island. At that most important of jazz institutions, the jam session, Prescott met Garrett Dutton, and, with drummer Jeff Clemens, formed G. Love & Special Sauce.

In December of 1993 they completed their eponymous debut and the following year began a rigorous world wide touring schedule that would last nearly fifteen years. Highlights include multiple performances at some of the top festival in U.S., Australia, Europe and Asia, notably Glastonbury in the U. K. and the Fuji Rock festival in Japan. While on the HORDE tour in the mid 90's G. Love & Special Sauce acquired their college based following that supports the band to this day. Appearing in several MTV videos including the minor hit “Cold Beverages”, as well as the late night and daytime talk show circuit including, The Jenny Jones Show, Jimmy Kimmel, The Late Late Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brian and David Letterman, along with extensive club touring garnered the group a serious following of a certain age and musical disposition.

Prescott's compositions with G. Love & Special Sauce have been featured in multiple major and independent films and television, notably Day Trippers, Cellular, and American Dad. Prescott co-produced major label 8 CD's with the band, working with legends like Dr. John, and producers as varied as Jim Dickinson, T-Ray, Chris D. and Mario C. the innovative Beastie Boys producer.

With the experience of working in some of the worlds finest studios, Prescott relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and created Loft Studios to record some of the jazz and new music coming out of the region at that time. His undeniable sense of style combined with the regional eclecticism in the beginnings of his multifaceted solo work that ranges from adult pop through all of jazz to avant-guard noise art and audio colage.

In 2006 Prescott moved to Portland to form JamBox with All Fellas Band alumnus Jonathan Long and expanded his recording mission to the community while beginning a pursuit of his personal vision in film. The JamBox provided technology and space for detailed multi-track digital recording, in a relaxed setting designed for collaboration. Despite the success of multiple recordings and film and video productions JamBox closed in 2010 due to lease issues.

After leaving G. Love & Special Sauce in 2008, Prescott returned to musical study with jazz legend Glen Moore, and an extended weekly jam session downtown. He currently collaborates in a variety of groups on string bass, leads his own groups and continues in audio production for film and video. In classic Portland fashion his expression has enlarged to include conceptual art and film making.