James "Blood" Ulmer
has been a jazz icon for more than 30 years. His highly individualistic music is an amalgam of the diverse influences he has encountered since, as a child in South Carolina, he taught himself guitar and began singing in a gospel group. As the leader of various small groups over the years, Ulmer has made a substantial international impact and has been described by Down Beat writer Larry Birnbaum as "a cross between Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Mike Bloomfield." International Musician has hailed Ulmer as "probably the most innovative, creative guitarist/composer on the scene today."