JIM STRANAHAN is a Denver Colorado based jazz recording artist with Tapestry Records. His discography includes his 2010 CD release “FREE FOR ALL”, featuring all original compositions and “MIGRATION TO HIGHER GROUND”, his 2014 CD release. Both CD’s have received national acclaim.
Mr. Stranahan also appears on “DREAMS UNTOLD” and “TRANSFORMATION”; two CD’s released by his son internationally known son, Colin Stranahan.
Over his 40+-year career as a bandleader and musician in the Denver area Mr. Stranahan has performed with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Suzanne Sommers, Lee Konitz and Bobby Shew. He is a frequently featured performer at the legendary Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver performing his original compositions and arrangements. Small’s Jazz club in New York City is another performance venue in his repertoire.
Mr. Stranahan is a sought after clinician, adjudicator and private saxophone instructor in the Denver area. He has worked in the larger Denver metro school districts doing clinics, workshops, rehearsing various ensembles and sectional rehearsals. Many of his past students, public and private, have gone on to become successful professional musicians.
The following are Testimonials from colleagues:
“Jim’s approach is terrific because he comes at improvisation from different directions.
He is so good with all ages of students when teaching improvisation.”
Denver School of the Arts
“Jim Stranahan is what we call in the industry, -THE FULL PACKAGE- .
He is that rare combination of Master Music Educator, Musician Extraordinaire.
Performing Arts Dept. Chair
Legend HS, Douglas County Schools
Denver University, Bachelor Music Education
Denver University, Masters in Performance in Conducting
Retired Band Teacher, Cherry Schools, Englewood Colorado