About Us

Our History

The Jim Ferris Trio has been a fixture on the Raleigh jazz scene since 2008, playing throughout the Triangle.  They reached #1 on the Raleigh ReverbNation Jazz Charts in 2015, 2016 and 2017, receiving outstanding recognition and accolades from jazz lovers of all types and ages. 

The Trio performed for the 2016 Art of Cool Festival, performs locally at C.GRACE, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Irregardless Café, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Beyu Caffe' and are available for weddings and private parties/events.

Our Sound

The Trio performs a wide selection of standard & contemporary jazz, funk and fusion featuring sax, flute, keyboards, piano, vocals and drums. 

The group also performs as a duo, quartet or quintet.


Jim Ferris

 Jim Ferris (sax/flute) moved to Raleigh, NC from Rochester, NY in 1999. Jim has been leading his own jazz group since the late '80's in New York and North Carolina. In Rochester, he fronted the Jim Ferris Quartet for about a decade and has been performing for more than 35 years, playing Jazz, Funk, R&B, Top40, Rock and more. 

Bruce Smith

 Bruce Smith (keyboards/vocals) has a BA in Music from East Carolina and an MA in Music from the University of SC. Bruce began his professional music career as a jazz pianist with U.S. Army Bands before becoming a Warrant Officer Bandmaster.   Bruce is currently the Associate Music Director at Genesis Methodist Church.  He is also an accomplished jazz and pop vocalist. His musical influences are jazz, funk, R&B, and blues.  

Mike McPherson

 Mike McPherson (drums) is a native of NC. Mike is an exceptional musician who played with the US Army band and also with Leon Jordan's Continentals (Big Band) for many years. Mike’s rock solid ability to play styles from straight ahead jazz, to funk, to ballroom dance makes him one of the most versatile drummers on the scene today.