While fronting local acts LOUD, and RED CHINA BLUE, and things never working out in the music scene, the vision took a back seat. Then in 1997 the vision was taken to task by writing and producing the first self-titled demo in 1997. From 1997 thru 2003, Emerald Monkey did one off shows all around CT. Jimmy wrote music for local acts around the CT area as well.
Also during this time, Dee Snider Radio added Emerald Monkey to its “Dee Day: Best Of DSR” CD. Jimmy D was involved in a skit on the disc, and it featured one of Emerald Monkeys tracks. Emerald Monkey appeared on Lunar Moth’s “Complete Balanced Breakfast”, a tribute to Saturday morning cartoon themes with a version of “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?”, and also on the Guns N' Roses tribute album, Chinese Hypocrisy... and re-recorded their hits Welcome to the Jungle and Move to the City.
Then in 2005, Jimmy took time off from Emerald Monkey to co-write over 17 songs with Daniel Macmaster formerly of the rock band BONHAM, for Daniel's first solo comeback. Daniel and Jimmy found writing chemistry that can’t be compared, and wrote together untill Daniel's passing in 2008. TributeAlbums.com presents... Emerald Monkey: Heroes of the Night A Tribute to KISS' Creatures of the Night TributeAlbums.com is proud to announce a January 15th, 2008 release date for Heroes of the Night by Emerald Monkey! This unique tribute to KISS's Creatures of the Night album comes with a complete re-creation of the classic 1982 KISS album, as well as special guests, bonus tracks, video features, and Enhanced CD content. Guest Apperences by Members of: Bonham Shotgun Messiah Zan Clan and MORE!! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..