Jim Hayward (Lead Alto Saxophone) was assigned to numerous bands and performed in all saxophone positions, doubling on flutes and clarinets as required while serving in the US Navy. At the conclusion of his 28-year military tenure, he was the lead alto player for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores (the Navy’s official jazz/big band) in Washington, D.C. Recognized as one of the finest jazz saxophonists around, Jim has appeared nationally and internationally in concert with the Temptations, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and Jazz Cruise appearances with the Frank Capp Juggernaught Band. He is featured on numerous recordings including his own album “Coronado Sand”. Prior to his recent move to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jim performed regularly with a number of South Florida’s finest musical organizations including the Bob Hoose Big Band and the Palm Beach Pops. And he has been with the String of Pearls Orchestra since the mid-1990’s playing his heart out and groovin’ with IN THE MOOD.
for our 22nd touring season 2016-2017
IN THE MOOD CD
IN THE MOOD, a 1940s musical revue – 2 CD set of the entire show recorded in 2012.
The Joint was Jumpin’ at Schermerhorn Symphony Center for IN THE MOOD with a sell-out crowd in Nashville, TN!
Bass Hall in Fort Worth, TX
From 1994 to 2014 IN THE MOOD has performed worldwide for tens of thousands of people to sell out crowds. Small towns and cities to major metropolitan areas, crowds came out to listen to the great sounds of the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the exciting IN THE MOOD Singers and Dancers. We are so pleased to be carrying out the great traditions of the big bands, the vocalists and the swing dancers. Looking forward to the next 20 years for our IN THE MOOD friends and families.