“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…



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Big Billy's 138 Mt Vernon Ave, Mt Vernon

Levitte Pavilion, Westport Ct.

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August 9, 2017

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The Next Uptown Jam

January 1, 2017

The Uptown Jam is now running every other Wednesday.  As of 1/1/17. 7:30-12  Watch our Facebook page. Or give Jim your email.  This week [1/4/17] 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.

Uptown Jam

January 1, 2017

Jim’s hosting the Uptown Jam every other Wednesday night at Big Billy’s [138 Mt Vernon Ave, (at Macquestrian Pkwy) Mt Vernon,NY]  A very friendly bar that has great bar food, cheap drinks and great musicians. Jam starts as 7:30, then we get a band up at 8:30, then let it rip again til  12. We like to feature great musicians, but frequently see greatness where very little previously existed. Last nigh we had a horn section. Join us this Wednesday.


Some of the memories of our journey

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