James Chance, was the saxophonist in Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, who appeared on Brian Eno's No New York compilation. Chance formed his own group, the Contortions. With the breakup of the Contortions, Chance became White and founded an extraordinary band called James White and the Blacks, featuring an all black except for "White" line-up of top musicians, including the well known jazz players, trombonist Joe Bowie (who founded Defunkt) and guitarist Bern Nix. The Contortions and James White and the Blacks released numerous albums. He is still active with a new band and a new album: James White and the Sardonic Sinphonics.