Graduated from the high school, Hutchinson, Kansas.
Singer, pianist, Blues Kings, Hutchinson, 1958-1960; singer, pianist, Anchorage, 1960-1962; singer, drummer, JLL Trio, Fairbanks, Alaska., 1962-1965; singer, drummer, various bands, Wichita, Kansas, 1966-1973; singer, drummer, James Van Buren & The Group, Wichita, Kansas, 1973-1975; singer, drummer, Denver, 1975-1980; singer, James Van Buren & The Group, Denver, since 1980; president, Van Buren Records and Tapes, Denver, since 1985; president, Van Buren Public, Denver, since 1987.
Member Rocky Mountain Music Association, Denver Musicians Association, American Federation Jazz Societies, National Association Indiana Record Distributors and Manufacturers, National Academy Jazz.
Married Helen Margo Fuller, May 27, 1954 (separated 1973). Children: James M., Robert C., William C., Valerie J., Marsha H., Eric S.