James White and the Blacks


CBGB’s scene was just getting started and there was still a real thriving jazz scene happening at the time. When I moved here, my real ambition was to make it as a jazz musician, but when I got here, I realized that wasn’t going to happen. I just didn’t fit into the jazz scene at all

James Chance, pitchfork.com, 1 April 2003

James White and the Blacks was a musical group led by saxophonist and vocalist James Chance. They were one of the original punk jazz groups of the New York no wave music scene. Their first recording, credited solely as Contortions, was on the 1978 compilation, No New York, produced by Brian Eno. The following year, two albums were issued almost simultaneously on ZE Records; Buy and Off White.