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Mission Rebel No. 1 is a musical work that will have its premiere in September 2023.  The subject of this song cycle is the life of my father, Rev. Jesse James.

This work has been under development for the last couple of years; the first work-in-progress performance was presented as a livestream on June 11, 2021.  You can watch it here.

Subsequent work-in progress performances were presented in October 2022 and January 2023.


These presentations are sponsored by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, which has also supported the development of the work.

Additional support–material, logistic, and recollective–has come from:

Aijai Anderson

Lunar Beckett

Landon Beckett

Linda John

Suzanne Lee

Regula Langemann

Lauren Post

Donald Washington

Mark Werlin

Linda Wilson

Alex Cherian/Bay Area TV Archive

Paul Dresher/Independent Jazz Alliance/A Safe Place to Play

David Miller/ Clay Geerdes Archives

The Lost Church

Archival footage provided by:


Oddball Films


In memory of my mother, Dolores Lorraine Dulaney, and my father’s mother, Anna Mae Anderson, the two of whom never met on Earth.

Jesse Joseph James

October 6, 1928 - May 31, 2005

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