Jimmy Z Zavala

Jimmy Z Zavala was an integral part of the Revenge band and the live show experience that toured the world. Jimmy played harmonica and sax on the Revenge album. Dave Stewart has asked jimmy to play with him on many of his solo concerts and Dave is also credited on Jimmy's solo album Anytime Anyplace

While still in his mid-teens, saxophonist Jim Zavala could be found frequenting the local nightspots of his hometown of Sacramento, California, sporting dark glasses and a wordly attitude to disguise his age. It was during this time that Jim was introduced to the sounds of the ever-fascinating mouth harp and harmonica legends such as Little Walter and Taj Mahal. Zavala went on to master the harmonica and ironically, become a favourite in many of those same clubs throughout northern California. Yet it was when Jim took up the saxophone during a three-year period with various blues band that he entered the world of rock'n'roll. Influenced by the music of such greats as Junior Walker and King Curtis, Zavala began making a name for himself during a six-year stint of non-stop touring. With his own band, he toured from San Francisco to Reno, Tahoe, Seattle and Vancouver, among other major cities. Zavala left the roadwork behind when he decided to move to Los Angeles, and when the bandmembers wouldn't follow, Jim set out on his own. Less than a year later, in 1981, while jamming at a blues session at the popular Central Club on Sunset Strip, Jim made a lasting impression on two people in his audience - Rod Stewart bandmembers, Robin Le Mesurier and Jim Cregan. Le Mesurier and Cregan suggested Zavala to Rod Stewart when a call went out for a horn player. Rod was impressed with Jim's proficiency on harmonica and flute as well as saxophone, so he was instantly named as one of the boys in the band. In addition to his work with Stewart's group, recently teamed with Kevin Savigar on a session for John Cougar's latest release. He has also worked with Les Dudek, ex-Knack guitarist, Douf Fieger, The Rockets and Ron Wood. Jim Zavala's blues-oriented style continues to gain him recognition as an outstanding musician who has gone far through his strong belief in the roots of rock'n'roll.

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