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Mission Rebel No. 1 is a work of music that had its premiere Friday, September 22, 2023 at Brava Theater in San Francisco.  The subject of this song cycle is the life of my father, Rev. Jesse James, including his work with the Mission Rebels (also known as Mission Rebels In Action), a youth-employment-and-empowerment organization.  


You can watch a trailer here

You can read more about the Mission Rebels here.

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

Performing this work:

Beth Custer – clarinet, voice 

Keith Lawrence – viola, voice

Alan Williams – trombone, voice

David James – guitar, voice, composition

Allegra Bandy – mezzo soprano

Sólás Burke-Lalgee – tenor

Lisa Mezzacappa – bass 

John Hanes – drums 



These presentations were supported by InterMusic SF's Musical Grant Program; the Zellerbach Family Foundation; and the San Francisco Arts Commission, which also supported the composition and development of the work;

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

Aijai Anderson

Lunar Beckett

Landon Beckett

Donald Washington

Suzanne Lee

Regula Langemann

Linda Wilson

Linda John

Edlo Powell

Mark Werlin

Lauren Post

Marguerite Crespillo

Alex Cherian/Bay Area TV Archive

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

David Miller/ Clay Geerdes Archives

The Lost Church

Bird & Beckett Books and Records

Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery

Amoeba Music

Archival footage provided by:


Oddball Films


In memory of my mother, Dolores James, 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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