Born in Mansfield, James studied piano at the Leeds College of Music where he obtained a first class BA Honours degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music.
After Leeds he moved to London,studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,where he gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Jazz and Studio music, studying,among others,with pianists Simon Purcell and John Taylor.
James is currently working on a trio CD to be released later this year.
Incognito(world tour), US3 (european tour), James Taylor Quartet, Patti Austin(Berghausen Jazz Festival), Gerard Presencers 'Platypus' , Guy Barker Septet, Jim Watson Trio, The Organ trio, Bobby Watson, James Moody(tour of spain) Javon Jackson, Herb Geller, Pat Kane(Hue and Cry), Jill Scott(Mobo awards), Dave O'Higgins Quartet, Julian Arguelles Quartet, Omar(Montreux Jazz Festival), BBC big band, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Peter King, Jean Toussaint.
Oceans 11(recent remake), Buffalo Soldiers(Joachim Phoenix, Ed Harris)
1998 BT jazz awards- Rising Star
Best Soloist- 1996 Europ Jazz contest(Jazz Hoeilaart)
Winner- Worshipful Company of Musicians award 1997