Jim Slominski, string and electric basses, began to play music late in life. At around 20 years old he was given the great opportunity of bass-sitting a friend's upright bass for the summer. While it sat in his parent's basement, he began to run his fingers over the ebony fingerboard while pretending to play along with John Coltrane's Love Supreme album. Then another seminal moment occurred when he saw the McGill Student Jazz Band perform and watched Eric Lagace, the great Montreal symphonic and jazz bass player, spider his fingers over every corner of his bass. He then sought and received two years of lessons with him. Being a bad student and a not so very good player did not stop Jim from pursuing numerous musical collaborations with players who were far better than he was, mostly in jazz. One of the most memorable musical projects was in the group Combo Jazz, a guitar, clarinet, and bass trio, that played on the streets, in the parks, and in the subways of Montreal as buskers for three fun-filled and surrealistic years. In his mid-twenties he moved to the Niagara area to start a family and to run a peach farm, and gave up playing the bass until the Niagara classic rock band Wasted Talent asked him 10 years ago to play with them on electric bass. In 2010 he decided to pick up the string bass again and play and study in earnest.
Jim Slominski is a busy sideman in Niagara as the upright bass player in the piano and bass duo “Dually Noted” sometimes performing as a trio with Gail D, as the upright bass player with Dan Willer in "String Theory", as upright and electric bass player in the St. Catharines alternative indie band "Ashram Garage”. He has been a part of many interesting and exciting projects including "Wasted Talent", the bluegrass group "Bathcat", the jazz quartet "soWhat!", and the very eclectic and experimental fusion-improvisational groups "Fa Crowned" and "Stash House", both with guitar and effects wizard Kevin King. He can currently be heard every Friday evening at The Host in Port Dalhousie with Aaron Zukewich and every Saturday with guitarist Dan Willer.