"James Benton's unwavering devotion to his community exemplifies strong moral fiber and character and I would recommend his services to any organization in the community." --Arleta Christian, Activity Coordinator, The Urban League of Portland.
"[Sweet Baby James] is not only a magnificient performer; he is also an extremely kind man who cares deeply for his community... I would encourage you to collaborate with him on projects including any fundraising, celebrity appearances, and special promotional events you undertake." --Julie Stephens, Executive Director, Scappoose Senior Center
Sweet Baby James had a long and notable career, contributing to the growth of jazz and blues in the NW since the late '50s. Along the way, he often gave back to youngsters, performing in schools and mentoring young musical talents from Mel Brown to recent Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding. But upon becoming a being a senior citizen, James grew concerned with the musical needs of his own generation. James felt that many seniors were starved for the kind of melodic, toe-tapping music that they grew up with. James' senior outreach events--including a pair sponsored by the Portland Trailblazers--always included dancing, refreshments, and history talk along with the music.