Native American multi-instrumentalist and jazz fusion musician who was in Everything is Everything for a short period of time.
He formed The Free Spirits in 1965, making it one of the first bands to fuse jazz and rock aesthetics.
He the recipient of a posthumous Lifetime Musical Achievement Award by First Americans in the Arts in 1999 and was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame a year later.
He was born and raised in Salem, Oregon.
The Music of Jim Pepper, a work for orchestra and jazz band, was arranged by Gunther Schuller in 1998.