Jim Henderson is a saxophone player, songwriter, educator and writer based in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Growing up in a musical family in New Orleans and New Jersey, Jim was inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk to play two saxophones at once. As a teenager he played in a rock band with guitarist Les Paul’s sons.
In subsequent years, Jim lived in Nashville and New York and worked as a supporting musician for artists including Jesse Winchester, Buffy Ste. Marie, The Pointer Sisters, and The Temptations. He settled in North Carolina to earn a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture at Duke University and has played for decades with a variety of North Carolina-based blues, dance, rock and jazz bands, most notably Group Sax, Tony Bowman’s Cat Baby! band, Will MacFarlane, Armand and Bluesology, Ragweed Brass, and his own Jim Henderson Constellation.
During a 32-year career as an educator and school administrator at Carolina Friends School Jim created the music, lyrics, and book for Ariel’s Way, a modern musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. He is currently at work on a coming-of-age memoir of his life as a young musician. His instrumental CD, Still Souled Out, was released in 2018 and is available on this website.