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James Stephen Donica, began his life and spent his formative years in Granada Hills California where he was a integral part of the Kennedy High School Jazz Ensemble. He was a natural for Cal State Northridge and under the tutelage of Gary Pratt he eventually became a member of CSUN’s “-A- band”. From Northridge Donica would be recruited by the late great Maynard Ferguson for two US tours and from a seedy Hollywood nightclub by the late great Joe Strummer for a tour of England and Scotland with “Joe Strummer AND THE Latino Rockabilly War”. He can be heard with the later on Trash City and Permanent Record. Upon return a road-weary Donica decided to further formalize his education by earning a degree in Jazz Studies from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Donica, an eclectic and talented bassist/composer plays venues in NYC from the West Village to Broadway to Lincoln Center as well as major cities across the US. Throughout his career he has played with the finest performers including, Joe Strummer, Maynard Fergusen, the Marvelettes, The Shirelles, Chita Rivera, Lorna Luft, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Bruce Barth, Frank Kimbrough, David Becker and many others ... In the last few years Donica has been active on Broadway as part of the orchestra for The Visit and Allegiance and subbing on shows such as Evita, and If /Then.
Donica has had an affinity for singer songwriter collaborations, as a result he's been matched up with great indie artists such as Violet, Chris Koch and Teeter Gray, and rocker Queen V.
He currently divides his time between NYC and in the Hudson Valley Village of Nyack with his new bride Carol and faithful hound, Charlie Hayden Beauregard-Donica.
Jim Donica, 190 Piermont Ave Apt 2S South Nyack, NY 10960 firstname.lastname@example.org
1981-1985 Cal State Northridge, String Bass Major,
Member “A” Jazz Band, Co-principal of Orchestra
1991-1995 Indiana University at Bloomington,
Undergraduate Degree in Jazz Studies (with David Baker)
Member, Local 802 AFM, NYC (1997-Present); Member, Local 47 AFM, Los Angeles (1986-1990)
Experience: 2015 September; February 2016 Allegiance, On Broadway....with Lea Salonga and George Takei
2015 July; A Little More Alive, Barrington Stages, Pittsfield MA
2015 March- June; The Visit, On Broadway.....Score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, starring Chita Rivera, 5 Tony nominations
2015 Chita Rivera, Birdland
2014 Lorna Luft, 54 Below
2014 Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aides Orchestra with Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen and Tommy Tune
2013 Lorna Luft, Lorna's Pink Party Birdland
2012 Once on This Island, Paper Mill Playhouse (Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty) Principal Chair
2012 Chita Rivera: My Broadway, Colony Hotel, Palm Beach (w/Michael Croiter & Michael Patrick Walker)
2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular- (sub)
2011 Quantum Mechanics, US Tour
2010 Radio City Christmas Spectacular-(sub)
2009-2010 Avenue Q (Off Broadway production) Principal Chair
2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular-(sub)
2008 Radio City Christmas Spectacular-Arena Tour
2007 Radio City Christmas Spectacular-(NY production)
2006 Radio City Christmas Spectacular-(NY production, sub)
2006 Chita Rivera, The Dancers Life- (National Tour)
2005 Chita Rivera, The Dancers Life- (Broadway Production)
2003-2009 Avenue Q (Broadway Production-sub)
2004-Present Chita Rivera (w/Michael Croiter & Michael Patrick Walker)
2002-Charlie Brown (Broadway Production-sub)
1993 Maynard Ferguson-(National Tour)
1990 Ziegfeld-A Night at the Follies (National Tour)
1988 Joe Strummer and the Latino Rockabilly War (European Tour)
1988 Maynard Ferguson (National Tour)
1986-1987 Member of Ventura Symphony
1987 Member of Debut Symphony
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