Jim Horn

Jim Horn's Biography

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jim Horn's professional career kicked off in the thriving Los Angeles session scene, thanks to Duane Eddy. Horn found himself in the studio with stellar names, such as Joe Cocker, The Mamas and the Papas, and Leon Russell. His versatility and unique style earned him credits with Ringo Starr, Lionel Ritchie, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt, and Joni Mitchell.

He was part of the Mad Dogs & Englishman band backing Joe Cocker. George Harrison hired Horn for both his 1972 Concert for Bangladesh and his Dark Horse tour.

Horn has worked on some of the biggest hits in music history. It is his flute solo on Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country". He can also be heard on The Fifth Dimension's Grammy Award winning hits, "Up, Up and Away" and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In". Other hit recordings Horn is on include Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In the Night", Elton John's "Little Jeannie", Toto's "Rosanna", Leon Russell's "Lady Blue", Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown", and the oboe solo on Karen Carpenter's "For All We Know". Horn has also recorded with The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, and all four of The Beatles on their solo records.

Horn was part of the massive Garth Brooks HBO special, Garth from Central Park, which featured him soloing with Billy Joel on "New York State of Mind". He was also a part of the Concert for George in London at Albert Hall on November 29th, 2002.

Horn is the horn arranger for Sting's Rainforest Fund Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He is still an in demand session artist in Los Angeles, London, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Nashville, and New York City. To date, many believe Horn is the most recorded saxophone player in history.

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