AJ Croce, Keyboards
Adrian James became A.J. as a young man
in order to combine his two first names into one, making
room for his new middle name: Adventure. From his days
living in a London flat & playing local pubs to his
climbing the Himalayas in 1987 & the Oldavai Gorge
in 1989 (where he became interested in early man as an
early man); from his performance before Czech president
Vaclav Havel in Boston, with whom he exited through the
kitchen of the theatre singing harmonies to Bob Dylan
tunes, to his monkey levitation experiments in the Far
East in the 1990s, A.J. has never stopped seeking new
joys and possibilities for filling his life with life.
A.J.'s recordings have traveled even
further than he has, having been launched into the far
reaches of our galaxy on two space shuttle missions.
Some of the artists with whom he has
performed and recorded include Aretha Franklin, James
Brown, Santana, Willie Nelson, Dave Mathews, Ben Harper,
Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, Morphine, B.B. King, Pinetop
Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, John Fahey, Gangstarr, John
Mayall, Buddy Guy, Lenny Kravitz, Bruce Hornsby, Toni
Braxton, David Garza, Fastball, Steve Poltz, and his childhood
hero Ray Charles.