English born Jamaican is an internationally acclaimed
musician. When he was just eight he picked up the
recorder and the mouth organ, however his musical
career began at school when his teacher recognised his
musical talent. It was stated in his school report
that he should pursue that avenue.
At the age of sixteen he had bought himself a guitar,
but he later decided it wasn't for him and then became
a dancer, sound engineer and electrical technician in
his brothers band.
completing a three-year course in mechanical engineering
at his local college James left with a distinction. At
the age of 21 James went on to pursue his musical career
as a saxophonist in the aid of joining his brother's band
that later broke up. James then continued with his studies
under the guidance of Mr Jonathan Johnson a classical
trumpet player, who took him through his grades, theory
and practical through the Royal School of Music Association
at Aston University.
then joined his first R'n'B band called The Biby James
Band as a bandleader. In this band James was known for
his demonstrative impulsive adaptability and unique artistic
expression. He then went on to work with the number one
chart-topping band Musical Youth as a bandleader for the
brass section. He then went on to record on Pato Banton's
first album Never give In and many more that followed,
including the title album Stay Positive co-produced and
written with Pato Banton and The Reggae Revolution band.
1988 James began his first U.S tour with Pato Banton.
In between working with Pato In 1992 he also joined the
Basement Jazz Big Band playing lead saxophone. This band
was the extension of the former Handy Hamilton
big band and this is where James acquired his Jazz techniques. James
has also performed as a front man with his own band called
the Diplomats title album by The Diplomats featuring some
of the top U.K session players.
musical career began at school when his teacher recognised
his musical talent".
also CO-produced and wrote the title track 6 a.m. a slow
melodic ballad. He has also worked and recorded with such
artists as Ruby Turner, Steel Pulse, Beres Hammond,
Tippa Irie, Freddie McGregor, Luciano, Motown artist
Edwin Starr, Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson. He
appeared as guest soloist playing live with The Orignal
Wailers, playing saxophone on the title track Iron Lion
Zion and also played live with Maxi Priest's title track
also performed as lead Sax player in 1997 on the Lovers
Tour with Alexander O'Neil and Sherewell. A native
of Birmingham in the U.K also home to UB40 and
Steel Pulse, James' versatility ranges from producing,
arranging and song writing. He is expanding his extra
ordinary talent into other areas.