Jim Pfeifer, lead guitar/vox
Jim started playing guitar at the age of 12, studying with a Jazz guitarist through his high school years in Tucson, Arizona while playing in school Jazz Band and various classic rock bands. He has always enjoyed learning new guitar styles from a variety of influences including The Beatles, various blues artists such as BB King, Jazz players such as Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny, as well as the players from early rock-n-roll such as Chuck Berry, Scotty Moore, as well as Chet Atkins.
During college he majored in engineering but continued his music studies with courses music theory, Jazz improvisation, and electronic music. He also performed regularly with various bands in a variety of styles including Rock, Tejano, Dixeland, Bigband Jazz, Top40, and Jazz Fusion music. He began working at a local recording studio during this time, playing guitar in addition to helping songwriters with musical arrangements needed for their demo recordings.
After college he lived in LA for a number of years where he worked as an engineer by day, and continued playing music on the side. He did several demo recording projects with New Age artist Michael Hoppe in addition to a variety children’s music projects where he wrote, recorded, and produced a number of songs for a children’s book series. In 1994 he moved to Phoenix to raise his family and continued to play with several bands in the Phoenix area as well as a musician for numerous worship services.
He also began focusing on writing his own original material and doing session guitar work for various song writers, both in Phoenix as well as Las Vegas. Some of the session work included projects with Tommy DeVitto, one of the founding members of Franki Valli & The Four Seasons band. In 2012 Jim started is own online blog site to showcase his compositions being pitched to the TV/film/advertising industries, www.crazycomposer.com, as well as writing an online journal about the creative and technical aspects of composing music.
In 2012 one of his songs was a Top 40 finalist in William Shatner’s online Zenoids cartoon theme-song contest. In 2013 his song “Invasion of Mayberry” was a 2nd place winner in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition.
Jim has been a proud member of the Southwest Surfers band since 2010. He enjoys the challenge of recreating the classic surf-guitar sounds of the 1960s in addition to the providing the falsetto vocals for many of the band’s songs.