James is highly gifted drummer who has, in recent years, become the first call™ drummer of choice for both the younger and more established generation of jazz musicians in the UK. James is a popular visitor to the Bonington, much appreciated by audiences. In 2005 James went to study jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin France as his drum tutor and, from then until 2007 also played drums with NYJO. Graduating from RAM in 2009 with a 1st Class Degree, James also won The Principals Award For Outstanding Studentship. He enjoys listening to and performing all kinds of music and has shared the stage with many artists and ensembles, including the Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes Trio, the Marc Copland/Stan Sulzman Quartet, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet featuring Seamus Blake, the Ivo Neame Group, Phil Donkin, Alex Garnettâ's Bunch of Five, Michael Janisch, the Martin Speake Quartet, Phronesis and the Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet among others. Photo credits: http://www.gwilymsimcock.com/trio.htm
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