Oral History Information
Job TitleMusician, Harmonicist
James Harman was a Blues harmonica player who shared the staged with some of the biggest names in music history. James was just a young man performing at clubs and bars in the 1960s and 70s when many of the old time Blues musicians were still performing. As a result, he was able to gig with the likes of John Lee Hooker, BB King, T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Muddy Waters and Albert Collins. Over the years, he became friends with several of the old legends including Big Joe Turner. Big Joe was a pioneering R&B singer known as a Blues Shouter for his loud and expressive techniques as a vocalist. James was influenced by those he played with over the years and shared their styles with newer audiences until his passing in 2021.