Jump, Little Children

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Jump, Little Children, is a band formed in 1991 in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Currently the band is working to change its name to the shortened form, Jump. They played their first show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but it was not until 1994 that the line-up of musicians in the band was stablized. The members of the band are:

The name of the band comes from the title of a song by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee which the band played in its early years.


All the members of the band with the exception of Gray attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, along with former member Chris Pollen. They began playing Celtic music in college and soon Clifford, Pollen, and the Bivins brothers went to Dublin and then Boston to hone their craft. When Pollen left the band to join a religious cult, recent graduate Williams rejoined the band in Charleston, along with Gray.

The band started busking on the corner of East Bay and Market Street in Charleston and continued on to larger shows, developing a growing following in the Southeast, and soon signed with Breaking Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic owned by Hootie and the Blowfish, in 1998.

The band released their first studio album, Magazine, under Breaking Records. The single, "Cathedrals," achieved radio play nationwide, and was featured prominently in the soundtrack during a dramatic scene in the television drama Everwood in 2003, but the label was dropped by Atlantic a few weeks before the scheduled release of the band's sophomore album, Vertigo. The band eventually won the rights to Vertigo and released it under the independent label E-Z Chief Records in September 2001. After pursuing a number of side projects (including Clifford's jazz band, Rosebud and Evan's rock band, Biv), Jump released its third album, Between the Dim and the Dark, in April 2004.

Other achievements include the creation of an E-Z Chief webpage on which fans can order CDs with songs of their choice from various independent bands, and the release of a concert DVD featuring skits by each of the band members.


  • The Licorice Tea Demos (independent release)
  • Buzz (independent release 6 song LP)
  • Magazine (with Breaking Records)
  • Vertigo September 2001
  • Between the Dim and the Dark April 2004
  • Between the Glow and the Light April 2005

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