Mission Rebel No. 1 (a suite) is a work-in-progress.  The subject is the life of my father, Rev. Jesse James.

A performance of the first section – of what is to ultimately be an evening-length piece – was presented as a livestream on June 11, 2021.  You can watch it here.

This presentation was sponsored by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, which 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