Professionally, I have been devoted to two dreams: music, and, more recently, bodywork. After a long career of teaching & performing, I graduated from massage school and got licensed in late 1999. Shortly thereafter, I created RUBATO THERAPY. Since that time, playing piano has crept back into my life, and I am very happy.

Jim’s Background

Born 1942 in Spokane, Washington
Present Address: Vancouver, Washington
Languages: English and Danish fluently; German and French, less so.

Education & Degrees:

1960-1965 Washington State University: BA, BM, with Honors, (Piano)

1965-1967  Louisiana State University: Masters of Music with Honors (Piano)

1967-1968 1 year toward PhD

1973-1974 Fynske Musikkonservatorium, Odense, Denmark
(Piano, History, Theory, Chamber Music)

1998-1999 American Institute of Clinical Massage, Post Falls, Id. (Washington LMP State License granted: November, 1999)

2000-2007 Continuing Ed courses: in Craniosacral Therapy, in Denmark (Stanley Rosenberg Institute) and elsewhere, under leading authorities in the field.


WSU: Phi Beta Kappa , Phi Mu Alpha

LSU: Phi Pappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda

1994 Washington State Artist Trust Award in Musical Composition ($5000)

Professional Teaching Experience:

1968-1970: Assistantship at Louisiana State University accompanying and aiding Music Appreciation instruction

1968-1972 Faculty, Pensacola Jr. College, Pensacola Florida: Piano, Piano Classes, Music History, & Music Humanities. Assistant Professor, March 4, 1972

1972 – 1988: Resident in Denmark

1975-1978: Faculty, Fynske Musikkonservatorium, Odense, Denmark: Functional Piano, Jazz Piano, Chordal Approach to Piano.

1978-1988: Faculty, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark: Integration (Course for Honors Music Majors, covering Theory, Arranging, History, Ear Training, Ensemble Performance, and more). Improvisational Analysis; Evergreen (Standards) Harmonic Principles.

1986-1988: Faculty, Jyske Musikkonservatorium, Aarhus, Denmark: Jazz Piano.

1987-1988: Faculty, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark: Jazz and Classical Piano.


1988: Returned to USA

1988-1989: Faculty, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington: Piano, Piano Classes, Arranging, Combo, Stage Band.

1989-1992: Faculty, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, Piano, Jazz Piano, Piano Classes.

1992-1996: Private teaching and performing, USA and Denmark.

1996-2007: NSAM (New School of American Music): Workshops in Chord Piano in Florida, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska.

Professional Therapy Experience

2000-2005: RUBATO Craniosacral Therapy private business in Spokane Washington

2005-2012: RUBATO Craniosacral Therapy private business in Vancouver, Washington

Other Experience:

High school:
Played in Frantic Five Dixieland Band; organized and played in Contemporary Jazz Quartet. Member of Junior Achievement Talent Company.

University & after:

Bassist in WSU Symphony, LSU Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony. Organized and led Piano Trio in Pensacola. Extensive experience leading combos and bands, both USA and in Denmark. Styles include jazz, country, funk, fusion, rock, and Latin American. Led Church Choir in Aarhus Denmark. Performed with Johnny Reimar Big Band in Denmark. Taught Summer Music Camp at Seeley Lake, Montana (2004).

1960-1963: Summer band leader in Glacier National Park (Many Glacier Hotel):

1964: Summer performance in clubs on Cape Cod.

1965-1966: Summer employment as waiter in Glacier National Park.

1980 Created Cosmic Dust Fusion Band and performed throughout the Northwest, and British Columbia until 2005: festivals and clubs.

2012: Created “Frontline” Jazz combo, with Portland Musicians Paul Mazzio (tpt), Pete Petersen (woodwinds), Kevin Deitz (basses), and Mike Snyder (drums). Perform locally in a comtemporary style, with repertoire by myself, my former danish colleagues, jazz standards from the 40’s until today, and originals by band members. Emphasis on balance, contrast, simplicity, memorable melodies and themes, and potent rhythms. 

Extensive experience accompanying vocalists and soloists, both Classical and Jazz styles. Jazz performances on piano with Spokane Symphony, and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, as well as visiting artists. Performed extensively at retirement homes, churches, restaurants, bars, private parties, funerals, banquets, festivals, and other venues. Composed many works in jazz and fusion style.