“It’s not what you play, it’s what you say,” says Jim Wacker, composer, keyboardist, singer, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, all around great guy.

As well as with his own band, and solo shows, he’s been touring the world as keyboardist, singer, and sometimes arranger/musical director of Chubby Checker and the Wildcats since the 80s. He’s played with  Len Barry, Jon Bon Jovi, Bowser,  Rocky Burnette,  the Cadillacs,  the Capris,  Freddie Cannon,  Mel Carter,  the Chantels…



Events & News

Big Billy's Mt 138 Vernon AveJim features some of the best musicians around. Every other Wednesday. 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/254, 5/9, etc

Chubby Checker and the Wildcats, Mary Wells, and Martha Reeves NYCB Theater Westbury, NY 4/20

New Album

March 6, 2018

Jim’s been recording his new album, Riverkeeper. Says he’s about halfway done. Actually he’s got another half to go.

March 6, 2018

Upcoming Gigs & Uptown Jam

March 6, 2018

Jim will be playing with Chubby Checker in Verona NY—the Turning Stone Casino  on March 10.  Other Chubby dates exist, but can’t be publicized–don’t ask!  This one can.  March 10–the Uptown Jam. Then April 14 Collateral Damage will play again at Swing the Teapot The Uptown Jam is now running every other Wednesday.  As of 2/7/18. 7:30-12  Watch our Facebook page. Or give Jim your email.  This week [2/7/17] jams will run from 7:30-12 with Betty an Veronica holding the Stage from 8:30-9:30.  Great vibe, players, food, instruments, hot chicks, cheap drinks, everything you could ask for in a jam. The longest running in NYC area.

Amazing musicians, and some who aspire to be.  Pretty much any style of music.


Some of the memories of our journey

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