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On July 28, 2005 Bar-room Buzzards co-founder James Koteras passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He is sadly missed by friends, family, and fellow musicians.

Jim Koteras and Paul Preston first began playing together in October of 1954 at the Motorboat Club in Buffalo, NY, with Jim just out of East High School and Paul returning from a stint with the service in Japan during the Korean conflict. Remarkably, Jim and Paul would continue to play together constantly for the next the next 50 years. Their association would only be stopped by Jim's illness in the summer of 2004.

James leaves a legacy of love for his family, for his band, and for classic American jazz music that we are proud to carry on...