What's happening with doug james and the pocket

2016 is proving to be the year of big changes for Doug James and The Pocket. Original guitarist Chuck Wasserburg has decided to move on to other projects. We will certainly miss his mastery of the slide guitar in our music and his sharp wit and humor. Chuck has been with us from the beginning and we've had many a great gig together and developed a great musical and personal bond. We wish him all the good fortune and happy times in the future!

Stepping up to fill his shoes is our own Blue Eyed Soul Man and bassist, Rick Demski! And that means when Rick takes of the bass for the slide guitar, none other than our own Kraken, Dave Rix puts down the harps and picks up the bass! Yes the multi-talent in this band works on so many levels! Cliff Kuhlman will continue to be our main guitarist and we have enough gigs under out belts now to have established a great groove with Cleveland on drums and Jay on Keyboards.We've got new covers to play for you, more of our brand of American Hip Shakin' music!

Doug James and The Pocket are excited to announce the addition of Jay Martini on keyboards, Cleveland Taylor on drums, and we are pleased to announce the return of guitarist Cliff Kuhlman to our 2016 line-up. These 3 musicians bring the flavor, the fun, and the funk, and we're looking forward to a great future with new songs and renewed energy! Check the SHOWS page above for upcoming gigs in 2016 and the Gallery page for shots from our most recent gig at Taste Of Park Ridge!

We can't wait to get back up to full strength and give you the full tilt Doug James and The Pocket BOOGIE!

Jay "Shaken, Not Stirred" Martini

Jay "Shaken, Not Stirred" Martini

Cleveland "Big Foot" Taylor

Cliff Kuhlman

You Probably Want to know who we are right?


We make music that matters to us - part Blues, part Funk, part R&B, part Rock. We play real loose with the proportions, though.


In 2009, former Chicago Radio DJ Doug James recruited a veteran band of Chicago musicians to form Doug James and The Pocket. Since then we’ve been tearing through Chicagoland with shows at The House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Hard Rock Cafe, The Store, Harlem Ave Lounge, Reggies, Chicago Blues Fest, Ribfest and other venues. We captured our energy in our CD “Leg Up,” available thru download on iTunes.

You can also get your hands on an actual CD thru CD Baby and Bandcamp, or pick one up the old-school way - at a gig! We’ve gained fans from all over the world thanks to Jango and Spotify and appeared on WGN-TV’s Friday Midday Music Show. We’re also frequent guests on the Hambone Blues Radio Show on WCDB 90.9FM.

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Doug James and The Pocket's first release, Leg Up features 9 original and 2 covers AND is available for download at http://djp6.bandcamp.com/