Big Ranch, Big City Cabaret Night – March 5, 2015
West Texas Jazz Party Collaboration – May 14-17, 2015

Long-time West Texas Jazz Party musician Jim Galloway dies

Bandleader and saxophone player Jim Galloway, a driving force behind Toronto’s annual summer jazz festival and a regular attendee at Jazz Parties and other jazz events in the Permian Basin, died December 30, 2014 at 78.

James Braidie Galloway was born 28 July 1936 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland and trained at the Glasgow School of Fine Arts. He was an established jazz performer before he moved to Canada in 1964.

Galloway-Alden-87Jim Galloway began appearing in West Texas in the late 1980s, and last appeared at the West Texas Jazz Party Collaboration in 2012. Above is a photo of Jim jamming with guitarist Howard Alden from 1987 at the Midland Jazz Classic.

Below is a recording from 1992 with Jim Galloway playing saxophone with Johnny Varro, piano, Bob Haggart, bass and Gene Estes playing drums.

Program from KXWT Celebrating Houston Person from 2013 West Texas Jazz Party

Houston Person Performs Thursday, Dec. 11 at Wagner Noël. For tickets, call 432-552-8962. Students with ID only $5!

Person and Ken Peplowski perform on May 19, 2013 in West Texas.


Join us December 11 for music by tenor saxophonist Houston Person with the Brian Piper Trio.

Our 49th Year of Bringing Jazz Music to the Permian Basin!

Our Mission…

  • The preservation, perpetuation and expansion of America’s original musical art form – jazz. 

  • The promotion of jazz as an art form among the young. 

  • The presentation of quality jazz performances in the Permian Basin.

Read about this year’s Jazz Party in the Odessa American.

Host of the 49th Annual West Texas Jazz Party