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James McCreavy has performed jazz and Brazilian music with the best of them. He has performed with Perry Como, Trini Lopez, saxophonists: Richie Cole, Vinnie Burke (bass), Boots Randolph (Yakety Sax) and with fellow composer Alex Harvey, who had a mega hit with the song, Delta Dawn. He has established himself as a composer and performer with such luminaries as jazz organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith (who spent his early years recording with George Benson) and multi - instrumentalist, Ira Sullivan, with whom he has recorded. Additionally, he worked a great deal with the late Dave Hubbard (tenor sax) who also played with George Benson and Ray Charles. James has performed with singers: Elaine Paige, Christine Andreas, Nicky Yarling, Giada Valenti and Eddie Mekka (from the Laverne and Shirley show).
James has worked as musical director and guitarist for saxophonist Clarence Clemons from Grammy award winning Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. He has three CDs to his credit: Night Vision, containing many original works,Elegance, a solo CD on nylon string guitar and Caribbean Connection his most recent CD, which features original compositions combined with island favorites. He is a versatile player who is comfortable performing and recording in many styles.
James has played with society orchestras under the leaderships of Neal Smith, Lester Lanin and Mike Carney. He has performed at the prestigious Red Cross Ball and Heart Ball at the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach with the Neal Smith Orchestra. Other regular venues include President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach with various artists, The Colony Hotel, Royal Room, Palm Beach with impressionist, Rich Little, the Everglades club, the Bath and Tennis Club, the Sailfish Club, TD Center, Via Viscaya, Miami, Rideau Hall, Ottawa for Governor General, David Lloyd Johnston, the Shaw Center, the National Arts Center, Ottawa, the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, the Eden Roc, Miami, at the Kravis Center of Performing Arts, the Meyer Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, The Japanese Embassy, Washington, D.C. He has played with contemporary groups including the Steve Chase Orchestra and Hot Brass Monkey. James continues to play with his good friends Dave Ward (alto sax), Don Bestor (piano), Bob Merrill (trumpet), Steve Ahern (trumpet/flugelhorn) Mark Marineau (piano) and Bill Mays (piano).
An original by James, available on Night Vision CD
An original inspired by James' guitar teacher Herb Ellis