James Chance

James Chance — aka James Siegfried (born April 20, 1953) — is an American saxophonist from Milwaukee who led the avant-funk combos The Contortions and James White and The Blacks through multiple iterations on New York’s No Wave scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Contortions members: James Chance (vocals, saxophone), James Nares (guitar), Pat Place (slide guitar), Reck (bass), Adele Bertei (organ), Chiko Hige (drums), Jody Harris (guitar), George Scott (bass), Don Christensen (drums), David Hofstra (bass), Kristian Hoffman (slide guitar), Steve Kramer (bongos, organ), Bradly Field (bongos), Lester Bowie (trombone), Patrick Geoffrois (guitar), Al MacDowell (bass), Fred Wells (guitar), Lorenzo Wyche (trumpet), Richie Harrison (drums), Bern Nix (guitar), Tomás Doncker (guitar), Colin Wade (bass)


  • Off White (1979 • James White and The Blacks)
  • Grutzi Elvis Soundtrack (EP, 1979)
  • Buy (1979 • Contortions)
  • Live aux Bains Douches (1980 • James Chance & The Contortions)
  • Live in New York (1981 • James Chance & The Contortions )
  • Sax Maniac (1982 • James White and The Blacks)
  • Flaming Demonics (1983 • James White)
  • Melt Yourself Down (1986 • James White and The Blacks)

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