Performing with Rich Little, at the Colony Hotel, Palm Beach.

Rehearsing before the show - singer, actor, Mr. Trini Lopez 

About James

A bit of playing with the great Dr. Lonnie Smith (B3 organ) and Dave Hubbard,  saxophonist with George Benson, Ray Charles and Roberta Flack...

With Lee Ritenour

With Nicki Parrott, bassist,  at Bob Merrill's CD release party in Palm Beach.

Pre-concert hangin'   with George Benson

On stage with Oscar nominee Mr. Kenny Ascher, co-writer  of  "Rainbow Connection" and The Muppet movie.

The Neal Smith Orchestra,Palm Beach high society, featuring the wonderful Neal Smith (leader), Bill Quigley (drums) and Guy Scott (piano).

​In 2013, James performed with Broadway singer and two time Tony Award nominee, Christine Andreas (La Cage aux Folles).

He also had the privilege of sharing the stage with New York composer-arranger and Golden Globe Award (A Star Is Born) winner, Kenny Ascher, who, with Paul Williams, is recognized for composing the music for The Muppets Movies, including, Rainbow Connection.


In 2018 and 2022, James played with trumpet player,  Bob Merrill at The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida in his concerts.  He has played in Miami, Chicago, New York, Birmingham, Newport, Cape Cod,  San Francisco, Houston, St. Barths and Nassau, Bahamas.


As a teenager and in his twenties, James performed with members of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa.  He also did Canadian Broadcasting recordings with some members of the Orchestra and with the late outstanding Canadian jazz pianist, Brian Browne.  In Canada, James still works with his friend and talented alto saxophonist, Dave Ward.  ​Some other venues have included, Bailey's Beach, Newport, the Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Illinois, the San Francisco Golf Course, the Sulgrave Club, and Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C, and Elaine's in Manhattan, N.Y.


As well as playing on recording sessions for other performers, James is constantly composing original music for group and solo performance.  In 2020, he performed in concert with his good friend and outstanding trumpet player, Steve Ahern and on occasion with pianist/composer/arranger, Don Bestor and the popular Sunrise Party Band who specialize in performances for private club and corporate events.  

He also worked as guitarist for the renowned impressionist, Rich Little.