Jimmy V - Bass,Vocals,Guitars, Keyboards,Percussion
Electric & Acoustic basses
Electric & acoustic guitars
Percussions, hand and kit drums
Started on guitar in high school, loved The Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, Dylan.
Performed in classic rock cover band in New York City 1981-82, and picked up the bass.
College (ASU). Took some music classes, jazz piano, classical and jazz upright bass.
Performed in the Lyric Opera Theater "Cabaret" and "Godspell", as well as jazz ensembles at restaurants, clubs and resorts.
Composed and performed with all original (over 45 songs) Mexican-American-latin jazz-rock-pop-fusion band (TONAL) in Arizona and Mexico in the early 1980's.
Performed in local (Phoenix area) cover bands (NO HOBO, XTRA TICKET) for 20 years.
Composed and performed in original blues and folk band with Rena Haus (THE WILD JAVELINAS, RENA AND THE REPTILES) in Arizona in the 1980-1990s
Composed and performed in original (over 50 songs) rock'n roll theatrical band (SCRATCH 'N SNIFF) in Arizona and California in the 1990's.
Met Keith Secola in 1989 , became full time WILD BAND member in 1991. Contributed bass, keyboard, and guitar tracks on 6 of Keith's CDs, as well as arraignments, producing and composing credits.
One very solid friendship has been forged with Keith.
The past 20 years has truly been a colorful journey down the roads of North America and Europe riding in many NDN CARS with Keith and the WILD BAND.
Besides music, there is a great passion for the Southwest's wild places, Jimmy has been up on the peaks of many mountains, down in the winding canyons, and walked miles of the desert.
For over 25 years he has worked as a professional guide.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
May your rivers flow without end,
Meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,
Past temples and castles and poets’ towers
Into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl,
Through miasmal and mysterious swamps,
And down into
A desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles
And grottos of endless stone,
And down again
Into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm
Where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs,
Where deer walk across the white sand beaches,
Where storms come and go
As lightning clangs upon the high crags,
Where something strange
And more beautiful
And more full of wonder
Than your deepest dreams
Waits for you----beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.